September 4, 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not rule out
approving a military operation in Syria if clear evidence showed
Damascus had carried out chemical weapons attacks, but said any attack
would be illegal without U.N. support.
In an interview with AP and Russia’s First Channel, released the day
before a G20 leaders’ meeting in St Petersburg, Putin said he expected
to hold talks with the U.S. President Barack Obama on the summit
sidelines, saying there was much to discuss.
Ties between the United States and Russia have fallen to one of their
lowest points since the end of the Cold War over numerous issues
including violence in Syria, where Russia has been President Bashar
al-Assad’s most powerful protector.