NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken his case against U.S. military intervention in Syria directly to the American people.
In an opinion piece for The New York Times titled “A Plea for Caution From Russia,” Putin says a U.S. military strike would create more victims and could spread the conflict beyond Syria, warning it could “unleash a new wave of terrorism.”
“The potential strike by the United States against Syria will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders,” he wrote.
In the article posted Wednesday on the Times website, Putin repeats his contention that there is every reason to believe that Syrian rebels, not Bashar Assad’s government, are responsible for the poison gas attack on a Damascus suburb.
He wrote that it is “alarming” that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries “has become commonplace for the United States.”
“Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it,” Putin wrote. “Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan ‘you’re either with us or against us.”’
Putin said he favored taking advantage of Syria’s willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control and welcomed President Barack Obama’s interest in continuing to discuss Syria with Russia.
“If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust,” he wrote. “It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.”
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Source: CBS local New York