Putin: 'We must stop using the language of force' - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Putin in op-ed: 'We must stop using the language of force'

Posted: Updated:
Russian President Vladimir Putin argued for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria in a New York Times op-ed published late Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin argued for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria in a New York Times op-ed published late Wednesday.
  • News from SyriaMore>>

  • Surviving in Syria

    Surviving in Syria

    Saturday, November 16 2013 2:57 PM EST2013-11-16 19:57:00 GMT
    Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.More >>
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
    More >>
  • Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Saturday, September 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-09-21 20:24:00 GMT
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.More >>
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.More >>

(RNN) - A day after President Barack Obama pledged to pursue diplomatic routes in Syria while leaving the threat of force in place, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for "peaceful dialogue" in an op-ed published by the New York Times late Wednesday.

Saying "recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders," Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, argued a strike without UN approval would violate international law.

Additionally, it would "result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism," Putin wrote.

In a speech broadcast in prime time across several networks Tuesday, Obama spoke of a possible targeted military strike aimed at taking out Syria's chemical weapons.

The Obama administration maintains the Syrian government killed at least 1,000 people in a chemical weapons attack in August, gassing men, women and children.

"On that terrible night, the world saw in gruesome detail the terrible nature of chemical weapons, and why the overwhelming majority of humanity has declared them off-limits, a crime against humanity, and a violation of the laws of war," Obama said.

In the op-ed, Putin argued opposition forces and not the Syrian army may have carried out the gas attacks.

"We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement," Putin wrote.

On Tuesday, Obama asked Congress to halt votes on authorizing military force while diplomacy efforts were underway.

Russia has proposed that Syria surrender its chemical weapons to international control in an effort to thwart military action.

On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet with Russia's foreign minister to discuss the proposal.

"If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues," Putin wrote.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.