Putin "does not rule out" military action against Syria

Vladimir Putin looks to have changed his position on Syria, saying that he "does not rule out" supporting military intervention against the country if it was proved "beyond doubt" that the government used chemical weapons.

Russia would even "be ready to act in the most decisive and serious way."

Putin has been a major obstacle in rallying the international community into action against Syria. He believes that any intervention should only take place with U.N. approval, which can't happen without his say-so.

He also said that the videos of a chemical attack could have been fabricated by elements "connected with al Qaeda".

Putin's remarks come ahead of a G20 meeting in Moscow tomorrow and on Thursday, when he's expected to come under pressure from world leaders over Syria.

WTI crude oil is -0.3% at $108.24 a barrel despite the drum beat for action starting to ramp up again. Brent is +0.1% at $115.82.


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  • MEKhoury
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    Welp. Didn't see that coming.
    4 Sep 2013, 04:26 AM Reply Like
  • User 353732
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    What the Russian Tsar gives, the Russian Tsar takes.......probably public posturing designed to remind Assad that he survives on sufferance and that warm water port the Russian Navy wants better be forthcoming.
    4 Sep 2013, 06:21 AM Reply Like
  • Brian Bobbitt
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    The Russians don't empty a dump truck without a plan. As the world progresses through time, even Russia must become more civilized. This would show a thread of evidence that even the roaring bear realizes where his food comes from. Putin recognizes that his words are world fodder, and a misstep can hurt this cashflow.


    Capt. Brian
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    4 Sep 2013, 09:46 AM Reply Like
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