Putin: Russia and US on “same page” on Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday echoed the praise for Assad’s consent to disarm his chemical arsenal voiced Monday by US Secretary of State John Kerry after the two met at the Asia-Pacific summit in Bali. "We have a common understanding of what needs to be done and how. I am very glad that President Obama is occupying this position (on chemical arms)," Putin told reporters. He also said that Assad was "very actively" cooperating with international weapons inspectors tasked with destroying his chemical weapons.

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