WATCH: Obama says proposed non-military solution to Syria a 'breakthrough'

A Russian proposal to secure Assad's chemical weapons could head off a U.S.-led intervention

With a congressional vote looming on the authorization of force against Syria, President Obama said Monday that a Russian proposal to avert a military strike represents a potential "breakthrough."

Earlier in the day, Russia proposed allowing Syria to turn over all of its chemical weapons as a compromise to prevent a U.S.-led strike — an idea first floated, seemingly off-the-cuff, by Secretary of State John Kerry. Syria reportedly agreed in theory to that proposal, forcing the U.S. to respond.

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