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Putin Fires Back As Top Diplomats Meet To Discuss Syria

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 9/12/2013 First, Russia tried to lobby lawmakers in Washington to keep the United States from approving military strikes in Syria. Now, Russia's leader is appealing to the American people. Andrew Spencer reports the editorial comes as two top diplomats meet in Switzerland to discuss a potential solution to the crisis in Syria. "I almost wanted to vomit." That's how the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reacted to an op-ed in the New York Times, written by Russian President Vladamir Putin. "The reality is I worry when someone who came up through the KGB tells us what is in our national interests and what is not," says Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey. In the op-ed, Putin writes, a U.S. miltary strike without approval from the U.N. Security Council "would constitute an act of aggression" and "could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance." As permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, both Russia and China have blocked resolutions throughout the conflict in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Russian counterparts in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, to discuss Russia's plan to have Syria surrender its chemical weapons in an effort to avoid U.S. military strikes. Putin used is op-ed to make his own appeal to the American people, just as President Barack Obama did Tuesday night, when he said America could act to keep children from being killed with poisonous gas. "That's what makes America different," said President Obama. "That's what makes us exceptional." Putin criticized the idea of exceptionalism, calling it "extremely dangerous, whatever the motivation." In response, a White House official called that statement and Putin's comments in general, "irrelevent," saying Putin is now fully invested in Syria's disarmament of chemical weapons, something military strikes would likely never completely accomplish.
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