A senior Russian diplomat says Moscow will help transport Syrian chemical weapons to a port in the country where they can be removed aboard ships.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said in remarks carried Friday by the state RIA Novosti news agency that Russia would provide vehicles and other equipment to transport the chemical weapons to Latakia port. He added that Russian experts will be involved in the transportation effort.

In September, Russia and the U.S. agreed to work together to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.

The U.S. has offered to provide a boat carrying a mobile device in which the most toxic chemicals in Syria's stockpile can be neutralized. No chemicals or waste products would be dumped at sea under the plan being finalized by the international chemical weapons watchdog.