10 Highlights of Putin’s Latest Interview
Published: September 5, 2013 (Issue # 1776)
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (AP) — In an interview with The Associated Press and Russia's state Channel 1 television, President Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of issues, including disputes over the Syrian civil war, his relations with President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and the rights of gays in Russia. Here are 10 interesting things he said in the interview late Tuesday.
1. CHEMICAL WEAPONS VIDEOS DON'T PROVE SYRIA'S GOVERNMENT IS GUILTY
"As for that footage, video footage showing the dead children allegedly killed in the chemical attack, it is horrible. The question is only who did it and what they did, and who is responsible for this. These pictures do not answer the questions I have just posed. There is an opinion that it's a compilation by these very rebels, who are connected with al-Qaida and who were always distinguished by exceptional brutality."
2. RUSSIA WON'T RULE OUT MILITARY ACTION AGAINST SYRIA — IF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL APPROVES
"I do not exclude this, but I would like to draw your attention to one absolutely key aspect: In line with international law, only the U.N. Security Council can sanction the use of force against a sovereign state. Any other pretext or method which might be used to justify the use of force against an independent sovereign state is inadmissible and can only be interpreted as an aggression."
3. RUSSIAN SHIPMENTS OF AIR DEFENSE MISSILE SYSTEM TO SYRIA ON HOLD — FOR NOW
"We have a contract for the delivery of the S-300s. We have supplied some of the components, but the delivery hasn't been completed. We have suspended it for now. But if we see that steps are taken that violate the existing international norms, we shall think how we should act in the future, in particular regarding supplies of such sensitive weapons to certain regions of the world."
4. RELATIONS WITH OBAMA CAN BE TESTY — BUT THAT'S NORMAL
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