Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) receives Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) during a meeting in Moscow's Kremlin, January 25, 2005. - 

In a nationwide address, President Obama has asked Congress to postpone a vote on using force in Syria. The administration will pursue a diplomatic path while the U.S. and international community explore other ways to remove chemical weapons from Syria. The BBC's Steve Rosenberg joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss what maintains the bond between Russia and Syria.