Could be the excuse Obama needs to extradite himself from this mess. Then again, Assad is probably full of it.

Via Times of Israel:

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Monday welcomed Moscow’s proposal to submit Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles to international control, Reuters reported. The surprise move comes hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov promised to push its ally to make the move so as to avert US strikes.

Earlier Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces by surrendering control of “every single bit” of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week.

Kerry added that he thought Assad “isn’t about to do it,” but Lavrov, who just wrapped a round of talks in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem, said that Moscow would try to convince the Syrians.

“If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in that country would allow avoiding strikes, we will immediately start working with Damascus,” Lavrov said.