- Posted September 6, 2013 by
Russia Pledges Continued Support for Syria in Defiance of US Military Threat
In a statement made at the G20 Summit on Friday, September 6, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin made it clear that the Russian Federation will stand against the United States in the event of any unsanctioned military action against Syria. He went on to confirm that Russia has been supporting Syria with economic aid and military technology, further adding that they will not stop providing this support unless the use of chemical weapons on civilians by the Syrian government has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
As translated from Russian, “According to current international law, the use of weapons against a sovereign state can only be granted by the Security Council of the United Nations. Any other motives or methods that would justify the use of force against an independent and sovereign state are unacceptable, and can only be seen as aggression," said Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Source: Russian Channel One, the AP news agency)
The implication being that Russia is not ruling out the use of military force to support Syria in the event of a US led attack. Putin left the door open as to whether such support would be in assisting with the deployment of Russian missile technology, providing troop assistance, or actively participating in any escalation of the current conflict that US led aggression may trigger.
Syrian President Al-Assad was quoted on Monday, September 2, 2013, as saying "The Middle East is a powder keg, and the fire is approaching today." (Source: French newspaper Le Figaro)
This comes at a bad time for the beleaguered Obama administration, as they are already withering under fire from sustained criticism by their allies over the PRISM scandal. It also raises international concern due to the US stumbling over more than a decade of failed war efforts, while Russia and China consolidate their power base.
Source (other): Russian 'RIA' lightning / breaking news update
Image Credits: Flickrcc.net, 'On the streets of Damascus'