September 4th, 2013
11:45 AM ET

Report: Russia 'doesn't exclude' support for U.N.-approved military strike on Syria

By Lateef Mungin and Michael Pearson

As lawmakers in the United States and France debated the merits of military intervention in Syria's brutal civil war, Russia's president said Wednesday his country could back a U.N.-approved military strike on Syria if there's proof the regime used chemical weapons.

"If there are data that the chemical weapons have been used, and used specifically by the regular army, this evidence should be submitted to the U.N. Security Council," President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with The Associated Press and Russia's state Channel 1 television.

"It should be a deep and specific probe containing evidence that would be obvious and prove beyond doubt who did it and what means were used," he told the news agency.

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  28. Tired of my taxes paying for Middle Eastern wars and welfare

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    • Alex279

      No, you sound like looking at mirror and looking for symmetry between US and Russia. In reality there is no symmetry.
      US war machine was always about what is called "power projection". Russia does not have comparable capabilities, and, in fact, development of it were never been a goal. In comparison with US, Russia has 1/2 aircraft carrier vs. 11, about 1/10 of US navy.

      Compare strength of pro-Israel lobby in US vs. pro-Arab lobby in Russia... The result is obvious: absolute dominance vs. virtually nonexisting. Now imagine a member of US congress stands up an saying something like "Lives of American young men and women should not be sacrificed for Israeli interests!" - what would happened to that member of Congress? Yes. you got it right: instant resignation and the end of his political career, stigma of holocaust denier, and so on. At best he may continue as columnist like Pat Buchanan for the rest of his life,.

      Yes, Russia has economic interest in Syria, estimated as somewhat between 4 to 10 B $$$, but this is all of it, an in a very small fraction of overall trade volume of Russia.

      The point of Russian standing to STOP US BULLYING. Or, at minimum, make it illegitimate, if it cannot be stopped.

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      • Patrick

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        September 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
      • StanCalif

        You got it right! Our Congressional "elected" representatives spend most of their time working for Israel, not for their own country! NO one in Congress will criticize Israel for anything! Not even dropping white phosphorus bombs on Gaza nor bulldozing Palestinian homes at will!! Only Obama stands up to Israel! Our worthless Congress won't!
        Why did dear Bebe recently order his cabinet to remain silent on this Syrian situation (yes, he did!)? He knows our Congress will vote to bomb Syria. Then his dream of us attacking Iran will be much easier! We have so many real "friends" today! Even our own Congress is not in touch with us!

        September 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm |

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