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SYRIA -- Syria's President Bashar Assad says it was Russian diplomacy not American threats that caused him to agree to give up his chemical weapons.
The United Nations has received a document from Syria.
It is a first step toward joining the chemical weapons treaty.
But President Assad insists that the U S halts its threats of military action against Syria before his government turns over its chemical weapons.
Meanwhile U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Switzerland.
He's meeting with his Russian counterpart to work out exactly how to secure Syria's chemical weapons.
Obama: I am hopeful that the discussions that Secretary Kerry has with Foreign Minister Lavrov and some of the other players in this can yield a concrete result."
Complicating the chances for diplomacy is an Op-Ed article by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the New York Times.
Putin warned that military intervention in Syria is not in American interest and would unleash a new wave of terrorism.