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Putin: Russia May Support UN Measure to Strike Against Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria, but also says his nation “doesn’t exclude” supporting a U.N. resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proven that Damascus used poison gas on its own people, according to CBS News.

In a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with the Associated Press and Russia‘s state Channel 1 television, Putin said Moscow has provided some components of the S-300 air defense missile system to Syria, but has frozen further shipments. He suggested that Russia may sell the potent missile systems elsewhere if Western nations attack Syria without U.N. Security Council backing.

The interview at Putin’s country residence outside the Russian capital was the only one he granted prior to the summit of G-20 nations in St. Petersburg, which opens Thursday.

 Obama and Putin set for collision over Syria at G20 summit

According to the Guardian: The G20 summit, hosted by Putin, had been expected to focus on the world economy and growth, but will now be dominated by the Middle East crisis, even if the formal agenda remains fixed on the slowdown of growth in emerging markets.

U.S. President Obama, speaking during a stopover in Sweden before the summit, denied his political credibility was at stake but admitted relations with Russia had hit a wall. He insisted he had not set the red line requiring a military response if the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons, the Guardian reports.

“The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons was abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war,” he said. “That was not something I just kind of made up, I did not pluck it out of thin air.”

He added: “My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.”

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2 thoughts on “Putin: Russia May Support UN Measure to Strike Against Syria

  1. John Dahodi says:

    May I ask one question to President Obama? Will you please tell me who has created this unrest in Syria? Assad or Bin Laden or Obama? And, who are the responsible for the exodus of more than 2 million human beings who live their sub human lives becoming over night refugees in different land, and who will be responsible for the many million more Syrians who will be displaced, killed and lost their mother, father and relatives due to our limited and precise Tomahawk missiles, smart bombs and missiles and following CIVIL WAR? Mr. President, please take full responsibilities of these known and unknown calamities of your hawkish approach to resolve the matter. The history will not forget you for this action. But before you order bombing, please return the wrongly received NOBEL PEACE PRIZE back to the committee to give it to another most deserving person, you are NOT.

  2. Glester Thorpe says:

    Wow, Putin don't play… I guess it is hard to push around an equal force. United States will have to be very tact in dealing with this issue.

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