DAMASCUS, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- A fresh settlement loomed on the horizon Monday that could stop the U.S. from unleashing a military strike against Syria: securing the chemical stockpiles of the Syrian administration under international observation.
The settlement came within several statements by Washington, Moscow and Damascus.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, while not making it an official offer, said Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could spare his country a U.S. military strike by surrendering all of his chemical weapons in a one-week time.
While the U.S. State Department said that Kerry was not making Assad an offer, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control if such a move would help avert a possible U. S. strike against the Arab country.
Russia will start work "immediately" to persuade Damascus to positively respond, the Russian FM reportedly remarked.
Earlier on Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem stressed his country's readiness to "fully cooperate" with Moscow to "strip" Washington of its pretexts of launching military strike against Syria.
In a latter press release, Lavrov reportedly said that he had conveyed the same proposition to al-Moallem and that he was waiting a quick response.
Quick enough, al-Moallem said his country welcomes Russia's proposition to put Syria's chemical weapons under international supervision.
Speaking during a short briefing in Moscow, al-Moallem said his country welcomed the Russian proposal "emanating from our concern about the security of our country and our trust in the wisdom of the Russian leadership."
Even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reportedly urged the international community to move Syria's chemical arsenal to safe places.
British Prime Minister David Cameron also reportedly hailed the move as "a big step forward."
The flurry of diplomatic efforts came as the U.S. Congress will start his meetings Monday to mull approving or disapproving the U. S. possible strike against Syria.
U.S. President Barack Obama has been seeking congressional authorization for a limited military action against Syria, which he says is aimed at punishing Assad's government for perpetrating a chemical weapon attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21- a charge Syrian President al-Assad denied recently.
Yet, the ball is now in Washington's playground to respond officially to the last-minute offer.