The UN report on chemical weapons in Syria is expected to confirm an attack occurred – not identify who carried it out.
Russia pushed Syria to agree to put its chemical stockpile under international control. But Putin's government is opposing a UN resolution that would outline strict consequences for Syria if it doesn't comply.
A Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control has revived international diplomacy on Syria.
Although the G20 is focused on economic policy, the big issue will be a response to Syria – not the first time the group has veered into security issues.
Putin said that Russia would take a 'principled position' once it got 'objective, precise data' on who alleged chemical weapons use in Syria.
Speaking at the celebration, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint as the US weighs intervention in Syria.
Recurring reports indicate they offered oil and arms deals if Russia would stop backing Assad – but the Kremlin has little reason to accept.
Russia warns US and the West that military action in Syria would be 'illegal.' But a strike on Syria may also 'play into Moscow's hands,' says one expert.
Snowden got stuck at a Moscow airport after Cuba 'blocked' entry, according to the Moscow daily Kommersant.
Moscow says the UN should investigate the alleged attack earlier this week, but has also accused the opposition of fabricating evidence of the event.
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the reports are an effort to derail a planned peace conference led by Russia and the US.
Russia wants $273 million to be repatriated, and Belgrade is complying.