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Putin says U.S. must reject use of force in Syria

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 - 01:25

Sept. 10 - Russian President Putin says the United States should reject the use of force, after Syria agrees to a proposal to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal. Nathan Frandino reports.

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All eyes are on the U.S. as Syria accepts a proposal to give up its chemical weapons and avoid a military strike. The proposal started as an off-the-cuff remark by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, but it was the Russians who pushed it forward. President Vladimir Putin says there's only one way that the proposal can work. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Obviously, this all makes sense and can work only if we hear that the American side and all those who support the United States in this sense reject the use of force. Because it is difficult to force any country - Syria or any other country in the world - to disarm on a unilateral way when there is a military action being prepared against it." The proposal is another hurdle for President Barack Obama, who has been pushing Congress to approve a limited, military strike aimed at punishing Syria for the use of chemical weapons. Now, as the world await further details of the plan to disarm Syria, some citizens in Aleppo, including Free Syrian Army members, accuse the U.S. of playing games. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BASHIR YAHYA , MEMBER OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY, SAYING: "As a citizen living in the wake of the revolution, we oppose the American strike in any form, because the strike is just part of a political game. Why would it target the regime if the goal were just to weaken it?" France, Britain and the U.S. have all expressed skepticism about whether Syria will follow through with the deal in a timely manner.

Putin says U.S. must reject use of force in Syria

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 - 01:25

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