MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Western powers that their “dangerous” stance on the Syria crisis could come back to haunt them.
“Today some want to use militants from Al Qaeda or some other organizations with equally radical views to accomplish their goals in Syria,” Putin said in a wide-ranging interview with the RT international news channel. “This policy is very short-sighted and is fraught with dire consequences.”
Putin compared alleged Western funding of radical Islamic militants to help topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with U.S. support for Afghan rebels after the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of its Central Asia neighbor.
“When someone aspires to attain an end they see as optimal, any means will do,” Putin said “As a rule, they will try and do that by hook or by crook – and hardly ever think of the consequences.”
“That was the case during the war in Afghanistan,” he added. “At that time, our present partners supported a rebel movement there and basically gave rise to Al Qaeda, which later backfired on the United States itself.”
Putin also hit out at Western criticism of the Kremlin’s refusal to back proposed UN sanctions against the Assad regime Syria over the ongoing bloodshed in the Middle East country and dismissed suggestions that Moscow could alter its position.
“How come Russia is the only one who’s expected to revise its stance? Don’t you think our counterparts in negotiations ought to revise theirs as well?” Putin said “Because if we look back at the events in the past few years, we’ll see that quite a few of our counterparts’ initiatives have not played out the way they were intended to.”
“Look at what’s going on in Arab countries. There have been notable developments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, etc. Would you say that order and prosperity have been totally ensured for these nations? And what’s going on in Iraq?”
"In Libya, there are armed clashes still raging among the country’s various tribes,” he said.
And Putin suggested the key to ending the conflict in Syria was to halt weapons deliveries to Damascus.
"I believe that the first thing to do is to stop shipping arms into the warzone, which is still going on," he said. "We should stop trying to impose unacceptable solutions on either side, because it is a dead-end. That’s what we should do. It is that simple."
The Kremlin has said its arms shipments to Syria do not violate international law and do not include equipment that could be used against "peaceful protesters."
Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution on Syria on July 19 over fears that it would lead to foreign military intervention in the Middle East country, a move that United States envoy to the United Nations Susan Rice called "paranoid if not disingenuous.”
The resolution was tied to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which would have provided for the use of force to put an end to the rapidly escalating conflict.
Russia says it has no special interest in seeing Assad remain in power, but that the “Syrian people” should decide his fate.
And Putin vowed earlier this year not to allow a repeat of the “Libya scenario" which saw the ouster and murder of long-time Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi after a NATO military campaign last year.
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- rochefortfrancoisAny heading12:49, 06/09/2012I love this men. I wonder what means 'backfire' but I think Putin has something in mind
- bielecCorrection14:01, 06/09/2012Quote: - “At that time, our present partners supported a rebel movement there and basically gave rise to Al Qaeda, which later backfired on the United States itself.” -
To the contrary. Everything Al-Qaeda did, including the 9/11 attacks, served the policy goals of the United States. Al-Qaeda actions do not backfire on the U.S., they enable the U.S. to conduct wars of conquest under the false pretext of "war on terrorism". Al Qaeda is a CIA department that is fully controlled by the U.S. and its allies.
- tim-williamsonDoes anyone of influence read these comments?15:47, 06/09/2012Only when leaders and states know with absolute certainty that they will be held accountable for their actions either either in country or outside their states will we see a reduction of violence around the world. If Assad is on the right side of the argument in Syria, then he should have no problem allowing outside investigators and mediators to work with him to resolve the issues in Syria. As long as he and his Russian and Chinese enablers refuse these reasonable actions, then the world will increasingly continue to view Assad and the rebels as criminals willing to kill their own people to insure their particular power systems continuity.
We no longer can afford to think of ourselves as isolated islands in the world. What happens in one state has direct consequences in others around the world. The longer Putin and the Chinese hold out on reason and the rule of international law in these types of matters, the more lives that will be needlessly lost.
As was said before, if Assad, and other leaders who violate international law regardless of the state, has nothing to hide from the world, then why not allow international investigation and mediation? His, and others, refusal in this matter implicates them on the wrong side of the law. Therefore, all available means must be used to bring all sides to justice before the world.
- ruypenalvaWhy not a criminal investigation in Guantanamo?18:20, 06/09/2012Why USA refuse to obey international laws in Guantanamo and abroad?
- bielecNot really23:22, 06/09/2012Assad's cooperation would be manipulated and used against him, just like it was the case in Iraq. Western hypocrisy has no limits.
- Wolfgang9Typical US BS22:53, 07/09/2012So, please, why not a criminal investigation of all the killings US Soldiers did in Iraq and Afghanistan?? Why are those killers still walking the road??
What about the FBI who killed so many, without any fear from an ivestigation, for instance in Waco Texas, etc... Get educated or off your patoll for defamation.