Russia, US agree On How Syria Should Destroy Chemical Arsenal – Putin – 8 October 2013

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Russia and the US agree on how to destroy Syria’s chemical arms, President Vladimir Putin said after meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Bali. He also said peace talks on Syria should include major players from the Muslim world.

Despite President Barack Obama’s conspicuous absence from the Indonesian island of Bali, where the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is holding a trade summit, Putin praised his US counterpart for finding common ground on Syria.

After speaking with Kerry on the sidelines of the summit, Putin said both sides had reached a “mutual understanding” on chemical weapons disarmament in Syria.

“First of all, the dialogue was in the present context of Syria. We have a mutual understanding regarding what must be done, and how we should do it. I am very glad that President Obama has taken such a position. For him it has not been a simple situation, and he has taken such a decision… that has allowed a way out of the tragedy in Syria,” Putin told reporters at the end of the summit.

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