Gold dipped a bit this morning giving up just under $8 to trade at 1378.80 as global tensions took an unexpected turn on Monday. As the US congress returned to Washington to begin the debate on military intervention in Syria a surprise offer from Russia hit the news. President Obama was scheduled for a week of live press coverage working the public for support to strike Syria. John Kerry spent the weekend visiting leaders from around the globe mustering support and backing after the UN and the G20 showed little interest in military action. Gold prices fell as concern about the Syrian conflict escalating eased after President Bashar al-Assad’s government welcomed a Russian proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control. The suggestion comes a day before US President Barack Obama is scheduled to present an Oval Office address seeking support for American military action to oust Assad.