Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has confirmed on Russian TV that his country’s chemical weapons will be placed under international control.
According to the BBC, Mr Assad told Rossiya 24 the move was more as a result of a Russian initiative than the threat of US military action.
The Syrian leader made the comments as the Russian and US foreign ministers prepared for key talks in Geneva.
The US accuses the Syrian regime of killing hundreds in a poison-gas attack in the Damascus suburbs on 21 August.
The government denies the allegation, blaming rebels for the attack.
Mr Assad told Rossiya 24: “Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision.”
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov earlier outlined three main phases of Moscow’s proposal:
Syria joins the Chemical Weapons Convention, which outlaws the production and use of the weapons
Syria reveals where its chemical weapons are stored and gives details of its programme
Experts decide on the specific measures to be taken
Mr Lavrov, completing a visit to Kazakhstan, said: “I am sure that there is a chance for peace in Syria. We cannot let it slip away.”
He did not mention the destruction of the weapons, which is thought to be a sticking point in Moscow’s negotiations with Damascus.
Mr Lavrov is due to discuss the plan in Geneva with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who will first hold talks with UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.