Putin: US Claims About Syrian Chemical Attack ‘Unimaginable Nonsense’© REUTERS/ Bassam Khabieh
Vladimir Putin© RIA Novosti. Alexei Nickolskii
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MOSCOW, August 31 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the US on Saturday saying that Washington’s allegations about the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against civilians were "unimaginable nonsense.”
“Common sense speaks for itself – government troops are advancing, in some regions they surrounded the insurgents,” Putin said. “In such conditions, giving a trump card to those who have always been calling for a foreign military intervention is simply unimaginable nonsense.”
“I am sure this was no more than a provocation by those looking to drag other countries [into the conflict] and obtain support of powerful international player, particularly the United States,” Putin said about the chemical attack that reportedly killed hundreds last week.
The United States said that the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad were behind the attack, but these claims require solid proof, Putin said, marking the first time he weighed in on the topic.
“Claims that the proof exists, but is classified and cannot be presented to anybody are below criticism,” Putin said during a trip to the far eastern city of Vladivostok. “This is plain disrespect for their partners.”
The White House released a report Friday blaming Assad’s regime for the attack, which cited “human, signals and geospatial intelligence,” as well as open source materials such as social media reports and videos of the alleged attack. The report explicitly stated that it omitted certain classified evidence, which was only made available to the US Congress.
Putin said Saturday that Russia denounced the use of chemical weapons and was ready for “consolidated participation in drafting measures to oppose such acts.”
He also denied discussing possible US military strikes on Syrian targets with his US counterpart Barack Obama on the phone.
But Putin said he was hoping to take up the Syrian issue with Obama during the upcoming G20 summit in Russia’s St. Petersburg on September 5-6.
Obama has explicitly blamed Assad for the attack and threatened missile and bomb strikes against selected Syrian targets in retribution for using weapons of mass destructions. He denied plans for a ground invasion of Syria or Assad’s overthrow.
Damascus has called the attacks a provocation by rebels it is battling since 2011.
A UN investigative team was dispatched on the site of the attack and is expected to present its findings in mid-September, but its mandate is limited to establishing whether the attack took place, not naming the guilty parties.
The British parliament ruled Thursday against supporting a possible US military operation in Syria. Putin said Saturday he was “astonished” by the move, which, he added, was made by people “motivated by nation’s interests and common sense.”
More than 100,000 died in internal strife in Syria since the conflict’s outbreak, according to UN figures.
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- bielecA nice effort...22:21, 31/08/2013...on the part of Putin to help Obama back off from the attack and save his face at the same time. It's all the fault of those bad rebels in Syria who are attempting to provoke an incident to have the U.S. come and save their skin.
As if poor Obama did not know that these terrorist rebels were supported, financed, armed and trained by U.S. and its allies from the beginning, that their atrocities were aimed at a regime change in Damascus, that the regime change in Damascus has been an official U.S. policy since at least September 2000, that the world has already seen false claims of WMD before the invasion of Iraq, that the world has seen exactly the same scenaro in Libya and knows how it ended, that obvious lies have been used too often and nobody believes them anymore.
However, if it works, it's worth trying. Maybe this is what Obama needs to have his domestic zionist opposition neutralized. Maybe this will help cool some hyper-paranoid Israeli land thieves.
Good move, it can only hurt the bad guys.
- LocoIvanTake a deep breath!23:57, 31/08/2013Articles dated 31/08/13 with manic responses regarding Syria:
‘Obama Says ‘No Boots on Ground’ in Possible Syria Strike’
‘Obama: Strike Against Syria After Congress Approval’
‘US Strike on Syria Inadmissible, Even if ‘Limited’ – Moscow’
‘Obama: US Will Operate In Syria Without UN Security Council Approval’
Your OCD must be devastatingly paralytic.
- Wolfgang9Peace Nobel Price15:45, 01/09/2013I already contacted the Nobel Prize Committee and ask'd those irresponsible people who claim to be wise how they could be so stupid to give that US president the price. Any really intelligent person like an Engineer, Physicist or Mathematician would never have done such a stupid thing. But such kinds of social workers, like sociologists or psychologists or whatever BS who are counting themselves to the "elite" are eager trying to make politics!
Obama may be good with domestic politics, but I don't know that since I don't care about US domestic politics. But when it comes to foreign politics, he is a spineless subject doing everything to please those who are running him from the background.
- LocoIvanOh Please Wolfgag, try harder!21:36, 01/09/2013‘I already contacted the Nobel Prize Committee and ask'd those irresponsible people who claim to be wise how they could be so stupid to give that US president the price.’
Please, don’t be shy. Since you have an undisputed command of the English Language and are a respected global analyst here, whom is clearly distraught, do you care to indulge us with their obviously upsetting response to you?
‘Any really intelligent person like an Engineer, Physicist or Mathematician would never have done such a stupid thing. But such kinds of social workers, like sociologists or psychologists or whatever BS who are counting themselves to the "elite" are eager trying to make politics!’
Ohhhhhh really,Ohhh Wise one. How about a Medical Doctor?
Perhaps they should revoke António Egas Moniz’s Nobel since he was the developer of the ‘Ice Pick Lobotomy’ while they are at it?
Since you are one of his patients that would only be fair, no?
GET OVER IT!!!
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