ST. PETERSBURG (AA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday "We will be helping the Syrian regime as we are now if the US and other countries launch military strike against Syria".
ST. PETERSBURG (AA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday “We will be helping the Syrian regime as we are now if the US and other countries launch military strike against Syria”.
Putin said at a press conference following a G20 summit in the Russian city of Petersburg that the US and other countries will put themselves outside of law if they begin a military strike in Syria.
Putin said US President Barack Obama and himself agreed to differ on the Syrian issue and added Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry would discuss the issue within the shortest possible time.
He emphasized that the use of force on a sovereign state was only possible if it is done for self-defense adding “Syria is not attacking the US.”
The US,Turkey, Canada, Saudi Arabia and France supported military operation against Syria, while Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Italy opposed the option at the G20 summit, Putin said.
He recalled that British Prime Minister David Cameron had spoken for a military operation in Syria but the parliament voted against the operation.
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also extremely cautious. Germany is not going to get involved into any military operations,” he said.
He also reminded that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opposed military operations against Syria, too.