Putin signals will continue current support for Syria

ST PETERSBURG, Russia Fri Sep 6, 2013 10:47am EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media during a news conference at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg September 6, 2013. REUTERS/Alexey Maishev/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media during a news conference at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg September 6, 2013.

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ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin made clear on Friday that Russia did not want to be sucked into a war over Syria, signaling that Moscow would maintain current levels of support to Damascus in the case of foreign military intervention.

Asked at the end of a Group of Twenty summit whether Russia would help Syria in such circumstances, Putin made no reference to defending the Middle Eastern nation or increasing military assistance.

"Will we help Syria? We will. We are helping them now. We supply weapons, we cooperate in the economic sphere, and I hope we will cooperate more in the humanitarian sphere ... to provide help for those people - civilians - who are in a difficult situation today," Putin said.

He echoed comments by other Russian officials who have said Moscow will not allow itself to be drawn into the conflict.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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Sprw1 wrote:
Russia is already in the Syrian conflict, what’s Putin talking about

Sep 06, 2013 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RobertFrost wrote:
The interpretation of the statement of Mr. Putin is rather tenuous.

The statement is an answer to the question, “Will you continue to support Syria”? And the answer was “Yes!”

Not only that. Mr. Putin made the supply of weapons the first item on Russia’s continuing support, the second, which is equally important, the economic collaboration.

Only three weeks ago, Russia granted Syria $4.5 billion in credit, and reports of Russia and Iran providing Syria with $7.5 billion to prop up the Syrian currency were missed out in the Western media.

The meeting of the 20G confirmed that the US will be going it really alone. Its major and minor allies, excepting France so-far, walked away from another Iraq, and another failed “leadership” of the US.

A look at Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya need not even be thorough to keep away from dangerous US schemes.

It is the dawn of a weak and less-than-trusted US, brought about by the fetish for bombing, killing and maiming people in developing countries, as well as the steep decline in the US’ economic sway which kept its allies in line.

One would have expected the US administrations, over the last twenty years, to be engaged in feverish efforts to prop up the recession-prone economy and adjust to the growth in wealth and productivity of other competing countries.

Instead, literally trillions of dollars are borrowed, not to invest in the US, but to wage wars overseas!

The reference of excited if not jubilant Secretary of State Kerry to the “generous” offer by Saudi Arabia to foot part of the bill of planned attack on Syria is singularly pathetic. It tells a very sad story.

No end of a lesson!

Sep 06, 2013 11:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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