Russia, US agree on how Syria should eliminate chemical arms-Putin

Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Russia and the UnitedStates agree on how to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria,Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday after meetingU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"We have a common understanding of what needs to be done andhow. I am very glad that President (Barack) Obama is occupyingthis position (on chemical arms)," Putin told reporters at theend of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trade summit on theIndonesian island of Bali.

International experts charged with starting the process ofverifying and eliminating chemical weapons arrived in Syriaearlier this month. Russia, Syria's long-time ally and armssupplier, has offered to assist with the demolition process.

Putin said he believed experts would be able to accomplishtheir goal of ridding Syria of its chemical arms within a year.

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