The plan for Syria to put it's chemical weapons under UN supervision was a Russian plan. The fact that you think otherwise only strengthens my point that the American media are clueless and are writing everything in the US advantage. Again... same thing happened in 1939 in Germany.
Putin didn't 'give' anything to Assad. He sold it.
Uh no. It was INITIALLY the idea of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Russia spent the political clout to get it moving forward, but it was NOT their idea. We already have one leader who got a peace prize for nothing (President Obama), lets not set another up for one they don't merit.
And I would argue, given the details, that Putin negotiated an Arms EXCHANGE rather than an arms deal given he is going to give (ie sell) Syria advance anti-aircraft capacity in exchange for whatever biological weapons he SAYS he has. We have yet to see any effective mechanism for verification.
Sorry, Syria giving an inventory of good to Russia and the US doesn't entirely convince me that all such weapons will be on said list. And increasing Syria's ability to defend itself from tactical strikes from aircraft sound like its reducing the threat of outside forces to act if needed. We've already seen Syria use aircraft outside there territory to strike at dissidents. When Refugee camps of displaced Syrians grow big enough to rank as a large city in other counties, I look on the as 'future targets'. (Fun note, one such camp in Jordan is creeping up on being the SIXTH LARGEST city in that country. Something like 70,000 people there)