Shepard Smith brutally assessed the latest in the Syria showdown Tuesday after word that the agreed chemical weapons handover orchestrated by Russia would only work if the U.S. agrees not to use force: "We just got played."
"The Russians said we have a plan...the U.N. Security Council is about to hold an emergency meeting in one hour, and one hour before that, the Russians went on national television in Russia and said, 'Oh, by the way, this plan will include the United States and all of its allies foregoing the use of the military in Syria,'" Smith said. "That's a nonstarter, I think we've just wasted 24 solid hours and we've not made one bit of progress, not one centimeter of progress. The Russians just blew hard and blew us right off course."
Watch below, via Fox News:
The U.N. Security Council meeting was canceled after Russia, which asked for the meeting, withdrew its request, the Associated Press reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday that the plan "can work, only in the event that we hear that the American side and those who support the U.S.A, in this sense, reject the use of force."
Prior to Putin's comments, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said President Bashar Assad's regime would declare its chemical weapons arsenal and sign onto a chemical weapons convention after the Russian proposal.
Al-Moallem said Syria was ready to put its chemical weapons under international control and to stop producing them.
President Barack Obama also on Tuesday said he wants Congress to delay a vote on whether to use force in Syria as the latest diplomatic efforts play out.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva on Thursday to meet with his Russian counterpart to discuss the potential weapons deal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.