Russia is seeking an international conference on ridding the Middle East of all weapons of mass destruction, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview reported by the Russian daily Kommersant on Monday.
Lavrov said Syria's agreement to destroy its chemical weapons by next June should trigger a broader effort.
"We will seek to have this conference take place," he said.
But such a move could put Moscow at odds with Washington, which announced the conference would be delayed last year. Analysts said the U.S. feared the event would be used to criticize its ally Israel, believed to be the region's only nuclear-armed state.
A plan for a meeting to lay the groundwork for the possible creation of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction was agreed in 2010, co-sponsored by Russia, the U.S. and Britain.
Washington said the meeting would be delayed just before it was due to start at the end of last year. No new date has been announced.
"Our American partners balked and sidestepped this," Lavrov said in the interview, published the same day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to meet U.S. President Barack Obama.
The U.S. also rejected a Russian proposal to include a line in a U.N. Security Council resolution saying that Syria's plan to scrap chemical weapons was an important step toward a WMD-free Middle East, Lavrov told Kommersant.