Putin: World is Getting More Chaotic, but We Hope Common Sense Will Prevail

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope that “common sense” will eventually prevail in the modern world, which is becoming “more chaotic.” The current international situation is very troubling, he added.

 “The state of world affairs invokes nothing but concerns, the situation in the world is becoming more chaotic,” Putin said on Wednesday during a ceremony to welcome new ambassadors to Russia.

Nevertheless, we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail and international relations will enter a constructive course, the entire world system will become more stable and predictable.”

 Moscow will continue to advocate strengthening “global and regional” security, and will fully adhere to its “international responsibilities and develop cooperation with our partners on a constructive and respectful basis.

“We will pursue a positive, future-oriented agenda for the world; and work to ensure stable development, prosperity and the flourishing of mankind,” Putin said.

Putin’s statements came shortly after a new batch of threats from by his US counterpart. Earlier on Wednesday, Donald Trump warned Russia to “get ready” for “nice and new and ‘smart’” missiles targeting Syria. His tweet followed a promise by Moscow to intercept any incoming projectiles in Syria, and to hit the locations from which they were launched.

Washington is presenting its probably strikes as a “response” to the alleged chemical incident in Syria, which was reported on April 7. While no solid evidence that the purported chemical attack has emerged, top US officials have squarely pinned the blame for it on Damascus.

Kremlin advocates restraint and impartial probe into Douma’s alleged chemical attack

Russia calls for objective investigation into the reports that Syria allegedly possesses chemical weapons and disagrees with the version on this of a number of Western states, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"The situation around Syria is rather tense. You know about the disagreements on the topic of the alleged use of chemical weapons there," Peskov said. "Russia absolutely disagrees with this and calls for an unbiased investigation before delivering verdicts," he said.

Peskov also rejected the US criticism against Russia. "We disagree with these words. We believe that this information on such awful consequences of using chemical weapons in [Syria’s] Douma is not based on real data," he said. "Let’s not be guided by media reports, moreover citing imaginary sources," Peskov told reporters.

"The Kremlin backs an objective investigation into this situation [with alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria] to provide trustworthy data, and so that we don’t rely on rumors and fake media reports," Peskov said. "This matter is too responsible to make such conclusions which are not based on anything," he said.

Touching on a possible US strike on Syria, Peskov voiced hope that all participants of the international community will refrain from unnecessary steps.

"I want to hope that all countries will avoid steps which essentially haven’t been sparked by anything and which may destabilize the fragile situation in the region," he said.

Peskov declined to give hypothetical forecasts on the situation in Syria, should the United States deliver a possible strike against the country.

Let us not take guidance from newspaper reports, especially with reference to ephemeral sources," the Kremlin spokesman said.

"All Kremlin officials advocate an impartial probe into this situation [with the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria] so that trustworthy data can emerge and so that we are not guided by rumors and empty reports in the media," the Russian presidential spokesman said.

 "This matter is too sensitive to make any unfounded conclusions," Peskov said.