Putin Slams US Kerry over Bluffs on Syria

TEHRAN -Russian President Vladimir Putin called US Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaeda was fighting along with the terrorist  groups against the Syurian government ,according to FNA.

 “This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad,” Putin said.

Putin also repeated Russia’s position that any use of military force against Syria without the approval of the "UN Security Council "would be an act of aggression, Al-Alam reported.

It was unclear exactly what Putin was referencing, but Kerry was asked Tuesday while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee if the Syrian opposition had become more infiltrated by al-Qaeda.

Kerry responded that was “basically incorrect” and that the opposition has “increasingly become more defined by its moderation.”

When asked if a strike would make al-Nusra Front and other extremist forces stronger, Kerry responded, “No, I don’t believe you do (make them stronger). As a matter of fact, I think you actually make the opposition stronger. And the opposition is getting stronger by the day now.”

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Putin Slams US Kerry over Bluffs on Syria (2)

TEHRAN -Russian President Vladimir Putin called US Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaeda was fighting along with the terrorist  groups against the Syurian government ,according to FNA.

 “This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad,” Putin said.

Putin also repeated Russia’s position that any use of military force against Syria without the approval of the "UN Security Council "would be an act of aggression, Al-Alam reported.

It was unclear exactly what Putin was referencing, but Kerry was asked Tuesday while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee if the Syrian opposition had become more infiltrated by al-Qaeda.

Kerry responded that was “basically incorrect” and that the opposition has “increasingly become more defined by its moderation.”

When asked if a strike would make al-Nusra Front and other extremist forces stronger, Kerry responded, “No, I don’t believe you do (make them stronger). As a matter of fact, I think you actually make the opposition stronger. And the opposition is getting stronger by the day now.”

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EU Leaders Call for Political Solution to crisis in Syria

ST. PETERSBURG– The European Union’s two most senior officials called Thursday for a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria as world leaders gathered in St. Petersburg for a G20 Summit,according to RIA Novosti.

“There is no military solution to the crisis in Syria, only a political solution can end the terrible crisis ,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy told reporters in St. Petersburg shortly after US President Barack Obama arrived in the city.

This call for a political solution was echoed by President of the European Commission Jose Barroso.

 “The situation remains a stain on the world’s conscience,” said Barroso, standing alongside Van Rompuy. “The European Union believes that efforts should be evolved towards a political solution to the crisis .”

World leaders oppose Obama’s call for intervention. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that it would not have made sense for Assad to have authorized the use of chemical weapons, and that any attack on Syria without a UN Security Council resolution would amount to “aggression.”

Van Rompuy added that the “international community cannot remain idle,” and the United Nations must be used as a means for resolving the crisis. “While respecting the recent calls for action we underscore at the same time the need to move forward with addressing the Syrian crisis through the UN process,” he said.

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Syria Strike to Entail ‘Serious Consequences’ – China

STRELNA– China is convinced that any military action in Syria that is not authorized by the UN Security Council would have “serious consequences,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said,according to RIA Novosti.

Qin Gang said on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Strelna, a St.Petersburg suburb, that further steps toward military intervention by the international community would be possible only after a UN team of experts completes its investigation of purported chemical attacks in Syria.

 “We are convinced that any action should be based on the results of the [UN] investigation and that the decision should be made by the UN Security Council. Any actions bypassing the Security Council will have serious consequences and might lead to a greater humanitarian tragedy,” Qin said.

 “War is not a solid solution for Syria, only a political approach is possible,” he added.

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Ron Paul: Military Force against Syria ‘Reckless,’ ‘Immoral’

TEHRAN- Former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, used his weekly column to argue strenuously against military intervention in Syria, accusing Congress of allowing itself to be used as "window-dressing" for an "imperial president".

"Every member ought to vote against this reckless and immoral use of the US military," wrote Paul, whose libertarian views on defense issues typically place him far outside the median GOP position on such matters. "But even if every single member and senator votes for another war, it will not make this terrible idea any better because some sort of nod is given to the Constitution along the way," The Washington Times reported Tuesday.

Paul, a sharp critic of what he saw as the military adventurism of the George W. Bush administration during the last decade, goes on to argue that such US interventionism is bankrupting the country.

Paul concluded by arguing that the United States "empire" is heading for the same collapse as Rome if it continues down its current "war path."

"What we desperately need is an overwhelming congressional rejection of the president's war authorization," he wrote. "Even a favorable vote, however, cannot change the fact that this is a self-destructive and immoral policy".

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Russian Rocket Cruiser Moskva heads to Mediterranean: Russian Military Source

MOSCOW-The Black Sea Fleet rocket cruiser Moskva is heading to the eastern Mediterranean instead of visiting the port of Mindelo, Cape Verde, which was scheduled earlier, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow said on Wednesday, according to the Voice of Russia.

"The plans of the naval unit under the command of Rear Admiral Valery Kulikov had to be changed a little. Instead of visiting a Cape Verde port, the cruiser Moskva heads to the Strait of Gibraltar. In about ten days, it will enter the eastern Mediterranean, where it will replace the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev as the flagship of the operative junction of the Russian Navy," the source said.

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Putin:Russia cooperates with legitimate Syrian government

Russia has never violated international law in pursuing military-technological cooperation with Syria, President Vladimir Putin said when asked whether Russia is continuing to honor its contracts with Syria on the supply and maintenance of military hardware.

"Yes, sure, we are doing this and proceeding from the assumption that we are cooperating with a legitimate government and not violating any provisions of international law and any of our obligations," Putin said.

President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that Russia had supplied Syria with parts of S-300 missile defense systems, though the delivery was later suspended. Mr. Putin also stressed Moscow’s next step on arms shipments would depend on further developments in the crisis in Syria,according to Voice of Russia.

"We have delivered some parts of S-300. But the delivery was not completed, we have suspended it for now," the president said in an interview with Associated Press and Channel One.

Proof of possible chemical weapons use in Syria should be submitted to UN security council, should be convincing - Putin

Russia needs evidence regarding anyone’s guilt in the use of chemical weapons in Syria for further decisive actions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said .

"We will be persuaded by a deep objective study of the issue and the presence of evidence that would be obvious and clearly show, who used it and what exactly was used. After that, we will be ready to act in the most decisive and serious way," he said.

Russia does not possess undeniable information on use of chemical weapons in Syria - Putin

If there is convincing proof of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, it should be submitted to the UN Security Council, and Russia does not have such information at the moment, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"We presume that if someone has information that chemical weapons were used, and that they were used precisely by the regular army, then this proof should be submitted to the United Nations Security Council. To inspectors and to the Security Council. And it should be convincing," Putin said .

This proof "should not be based on any rumors or on information obtained by special services through tapping, from some conversations and so on," he said.

"There are experts even in the United States who believe that the proof presented by the administration is not convincing and does not rule out the possibility that the opposition could have conducted a carefully planned provocative action in trying to provide their patrons with a pretext for an armed intervention," he said.

Putin doubts Syrian chemical attack video

The video of children allegedly killed in a chemical weapons attack in Syria does not answer the question of who is to blame, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"It is believed that it's a compilation created by the "militants" who, as we know very well, and the US administration admits it, are connected with al-Qaeda, which is known for its cruelty," Putin said .

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Moscow: Military Strike on Syria Will Affect Whole System of International Relations

MOSCOW- A military strike on Syria will be wrong and will affect the whole system of international relations, envoy of the Russian foreign minister for Middle East settlement Sergei Vershinin said in the Russian Public Chamber on Tuesday.

"The situation is hard and emergency. A real threat of the use of force exists," he said. "Our position is decisive based on not accepting of this method," Vershinin noted.

Moscow believes the use of force against Syria will produce only a reverse effect, he added.

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