(CNN) -- Facing weak support for U.S. military action, President Barack Obama said that a plan suggested by Russia to have Syria hand over its chemical arsenal to international control could avert American strikes "if it's real."
Syria's prime minister said Damascus supports the Russian initiative. Will Moscow's proposal delay an Obama strike? And how can Obama sway Americans to support military action? Obama's remarks in his televised address to the nation at 9 p.m. Tuesday will be crucial.
• U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite their chilly relationship, have been talking for roughly a year about the issue of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, a senior U.S. administration official said Tuesday.
• Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have been appointed by their respective presidents as the point people on the Syrian chemical weapons issue, a senior U.S. administration official said Tuesday. The two diplomats have talked nine times since the August 21 attack in the Damascus area.
• French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Obama agreed Tuesday to work together to explore the Russian proposal seriously, a White House official said. The talks will begin in earnest at the United Nations later Tuesday and will include a discussion on a potential U.N. Security Council resolution.
• The opposition Syrian Coalition said Tuesday that a Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control "is a political strategy that aims to stall for more time" and "does not address the issue of accountability for crimes against innocents."
• Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader Al-Halqi said Damascus supports a Russian initiative to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control, Syria state TV reported. The plan "aims to stop the Syrian bloodshed and prevent a war," Al-Halqi said.
• Russia said it's working on a plan for Syria to hand over chemical weapons. "We, the Russian side are currently engaged in the preparation of a workable, clear, specific plan for which -- literally this minute -- we are in contact with the Syrian side," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "We expect to present this plan in the near future and are prepared to refine and work it out with the participation of the U.N. secretary-general, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and with the participation of the members of the Security Council."
• Syria has accepted Russia's proposal to place the country's chemical weapons under international control, the Interfax news agency reported, citing Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem.
"Yesterday we held a very fruitful round of talks with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and from his side, there was a proposal for an initiative relating to chemical weapons. And by evening (Monday) we agreed to the Russian initiative," Moallem said. He said Syria had agreed because it would "remove grounds for American aggression."
• China welcomes and supports Russia's proposal to have Syria hand over chemical weapons to international control, the Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.
• Iran said it welcomes the Russian initiative for Syria "to put a halt to militarism in the region," according to a banner on state-run Press TV's website.
• France is planning to offer a five-point U.N. Security Council resolution, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. The points include condemning the August 21 massacre, having Syria shed light on its weapons of mass destruction and placing them under international control, having international inspections, forcing Syria to face severe consequences if it violates its obligations, and submitting the perpetrators of the August 21 massacre to international justice.
• France will go to the Security Council on Tuesday with its proposal for Syria to hand over and destroy its chemical weapons, Fabius said. He said France will not accept "delaying tactics."
• There are consultations with France and others about how to move quickly at the United Nations to test whether Russia and Syria are serious about the initiative to place chemical weapons under international control, a senior U.S. administration official said.
U.S. Congress and government
• The Syrian regime has "about 1,000 metric tons of numerous chemical agents, binary components, including finished sulfur, mustard, binary components for sarin and VX," Secretary of State John Kerry told a House committee Tuesday. "Most of that is in the form of unmixedbinary components, probably stored mostly in tanks. But they also possess sarin-filled munitions and other things I can't go into here."
• A White House official tells CNN that since August 23, the Obama administration has had discussions with at least 93 Senators and more than 350 House members, regarding Syria. In addition to the president's efforts and his much-anticipated