Putin criticizes US policy in Syria ahead of Obama meeting

Vladimir Putin on Sunday used the runup to his meeting with President Obama at the United Nations to taunt the US for failing to thwart the Islamic State and to voice his full support for Syria’s embattled president.


Putin told CBS news program 60 Minutes that Assad is the rightful, legal leader of Syria and needs to be supported in his fight against terrorists.

“It is fair for you to say that based on the repeated requests we’ve seen from the Russians, that they are quite interested in having a conversation with President Obama“, Earnest told reporters, according to The New York Times.

“We have been providing assistance to legitimate government entities only”, Putin said, adding that he had personally briefed his Turkish, Saudi and Jordanian counterparts on the plan.

Putin’s comments were released ahead of his scheduled Monday address to the United Nations on the fight against terrorism.

European leaders have called for renewed diplomatic efforts in Syria – where more than 200,000 people have been killed and 4 million have fled since 2011 – as refugees from the civil war have arrived in countries such as Greece and Italy, as well as elsewhere in Europe.

Although the Islamic State may be may be a common enemy of the US, Russian Federation and Iran, the three disagree over the future of Mr. Assad in Syria.

Asked whether Assad could remain during a transition period, the source said Cameron would not demand he immediately steps down.

Meanwhile, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said yesterday that he was ready to discuss a “plan of action” for Syria’s future after ISIL was defeated. Mr Stoltenberg said there was now need for “co-ordination” with Russian Federation to avoid “incident or accident” as US-led forces fought Isil in the country.

An assertion from the originial and Iraqi military’s shared procedures dominate on Saturday said the kindness had come “by having higher Russian worry about the population of lots and lots of terrorists from Russia working on lawbreaker functions by using Daesh (Islamic State)”.

Iraq says it has reached a deal to share intelligence with Russian Federation and Iran as part of an effort to defeat the Islamic State group, which controls large parts of the region.

“In this case, we are dealing with the request of the Syrian government for the provision of military and technical assistance”.


We play a role in that already, helping countries that are doing the active work. “As for our presence in Syria, there is the supply of weapons to the Syrian government and training of staff, as well as providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people”.

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