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Putin hails Syria’s action on chemical weapons ban

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says that Syria’s move to join an international convention banning chemical weapons has proven its good faith.

Speaking at a summit of an international security grouping dominated by Russia and China, Putin said Friday the move showed that Syria has “serious intentions to embark on that path.”

Syria made a formal bid Thursday to join the Chemical Weapons Convention. The U.N. welcomed the move, but said that it could take 30 days for Syria to become a member.

Russia proposed on Monday that Syria surrenders control over its chemical weapons to the international community for its eventual dismantling to avoid a U.S. military strike, and Damascus quickly jumped at the offer. Top U.S. and Russian diplomats are holding talks in Geneva to discuss the plan’s specifics.

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