Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva Thursday for high stakes talks with Russia's foreign minister.
Kerry hopes to come away from the two-day meetings with a plan to destroy huge stockpiles of Syrian chemical weapons. He was joined by U.S. chemical weapons experts. Kerry also met with the U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria.
Russia made the proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile to the international community as a way to avoid a U.S. military strike.
An official said the United States hopes to learn if the Russians are trying to stall.
The meetings come on the heels of an opinion piece by Russian President Vladamir Putin published Wednesday in the New York Times. In it Putin asserts that "U.S. military involvement in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace."
He added that the world sees America "not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force."
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the CIA has begun delivering light machine guns and other small arms to the rebels in Syria for several weeks.