Today, according to Russia's Interfax new agency, President Assad is expected to accept a proposal by Russia to prevent the United States' President Obama from bombing his country. The proposal is to put any chemical weapons sites in Syria under international control, most likely the United Nations. "We agreed to the Russian initiative," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told reporters in Moscow after meeting with the Russian parliament speaker, according to Interfax news agency.
A resolution is being drafted and will be submitted to the United Nations Security Council today for approval before the United Nations General Assembly reconvenes on September 22, 2013.
"It's certainly a positive development when the Russians and Syrians both make gestures towards dealing with these chemical weapons," President Barack Obama told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday. "And we don't want just a stalling or delaying tactic to put off the pressure that we have on there right now." President Obama is scheduled to address the nation this evening in a special broadcast about his intention to bomb Syria.
Yesterday, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said chemical weapons used in Syria were not done under the order of President Assad. Bild am Sonntag said in the article that the intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast. In an interview by CBS over this past weekend, President Assad said, "There has been no evidence that I used chemical weapons against my own people."