Russia's Putin welcomes Syria's entry to anti-chemical arms convention

BISHKEK - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday welcomed Syria's announcement that it had joined a global anti-chemical weapons treaty, saying it showed Damascus was serious in its intention to resolve the conflict.
"I believe we should welcome such a decision," he told a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. "(It) is an important step towards the resolution of the Syrian crisis, this confirms the serious intention of our Syrian partners to follow this path."