-- Once that request is deemed legally sufficient, Syria automatically becomes a convention member. The legal review could take days or weeks.
-- After 30 days from Syria's accession, the convention is legally binding on Syria and it must permit inspections.
-- After another 30 days -- which would be 60 days from when it formally joined the convention -- Syria would have to declare its chemical weapons stockpiles.
-- All chemical weapons stocks must be disposed of within a decade.
-- Kerry said they will gauge whether it is possible to find a date for a Geneva II conference when they meet around September 28. Forging that conference will "obviously depend on the capacity to have success here in the next day, hours, days, on the subject of the chemical weapons," he said.
-- After his talks conclude in Geneva, Kerry will head to Israel and then to Paris -- where he'll meet with the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Saudi Arabia -- before returning to Washington on Monday.
-- The White House expects to know within several weeks if the talks aimed at having the international community obtain and destroy the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpile will be successful, senior Obama administration officials say. Still, the fact that this is being discussed diplomatically is a deterrent in itself, the officials said.
-- Lavrov said he regrets that the communique that came out of the June 2012 Geneva meeting was "basically abandoned" and not endorsed in the U.N. Security Council. But he praised Kerry, saying he "understood the importance of moving on Syria and doing something about this."
-- Lavrov praised Kerry for traveling to Moscow on May 7 "when we launched the Russian-American initiative to convene a Geneva conference and to implement fully the Geneva communique."
-- The communique, Lavrov said, means that "Syrian parties must reach mutual consent on the transitional governing organs which would command full executive authority. And the communique also says that all groups of Syrian society must be represented."
-- Continuing an at times tense back-and-forth between the two countries, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the United States is "unaccustomed" to competition in the world, according to a report from Russia's official RIA Novosti news agency. Speaking on the heels of a New York Times op-ed by by Russian President Vladimir Putin that was critical of Washington, Peskov said, "Putin never preaches to anyone. Meanwhile, our American partners and friends in the past several decades have grown too used to patting everyone on the back patronizingly."
-- Meanwhile, the Russian navy is adding three additional warships in the Mediterranean Sea, bringing its total there to 10 warships, its top commander told state-run RIA Novosti.
Ban Ki-moon remarks
-- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be held accountable for crimes but stressed that the first priority in dealing with Syria is stopping the war and promoting dialogue.
-- "What happened is that he (al-Assad) has committed many crimes against humanity and therefore I am sure there will be surely a process of accountability when everything is over," Ban said on Friday.