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Obama Unable To Persuade Putin About Syria

Obama Unable To Persuade Putin About Syria

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Monday while at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, to discuss the crisis in Syria but the Russian leader has still refused to support a change of regime. Both leaders did agree that hostilities should cease in Syria, where the government’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests has led to the deaths of 14,000, according to activists.

A joint statement issued by Obama and Putin — sitting side by side in what the New York Times called a “grim tableau” after two hours of meeting — said that Syrians should “independently and democratically be allowed to decide their own future” but did not mention President Bashar al-Assad stepping down. The Guardian notes that neither leader mentioned Assad by name, “thus avoiding any express reference to past US demands that Assad step down.” Sanctions and a tougher arms embargo were both not discussed, meaning that the possibility of further action by the United Nations Security Council remains impossible. Russia, Syria’s ally since the Cold War, holds veto power on the Security Council and has so far wielded it, along with China, to prevent further sanctions against Syria.

It was the first meeting between Obama and Putin since the latter, a former KGB spymaster, was inaugurated as president and the Russian leader seems to have gained more from it than his American counterpart. The Guardian observes that ”Syria is not yet an election issue but if television keeps showing footage of widespread killing in the country, it could easily become one”: Just on Monday, Senator John McCain called for US intervention to create a safe haven for the rebels in Syria and to arm them; he was dismissive of Obama’s and Putin’s joint statement. The Obama administration has not sought to intervene militarily in Syria as in Libya but Obama’s failure to persuade Putin means that the violence in Syria will continue.

Recent comments by Mitt Romney that Russia is the biggest strategic threat to America have been “widely ridiculed in foreign policy circles” but have, regardless, been “felt in Moscow,” says the New York Times.

US-Russian relations have also been strained by statements from the US State Department about the popular protests at the time of Putin’s inauguration and afterwards.

On Tuesday, the UK took steps to stop a cargo vessel allegedly carrying Russian-made attack helicopters to Syria. The ship, the MV Alaed, was about 50 miles off the north coast of Scotland when its insurance was withdrawn by The Standard Club in London. In a statement, The Standard Club said that, on Friday evening, it was informed that “the ship might be carrying weapons, in particular attack helicopters, missiles and non-specific munitions, and we are making inquiries to establish what their side of the story is.” Shipments of weapons from Russia to Syria are subject to a European Union arms embargo.

Back in December, Russian warships believed to be carrying weapons en route to Syria were delayed in Scotland’s Moray Firth due to bad weather.

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10:57AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Amnesty International is part of co-op for American corporations, American Politician and defense contract folks but label as Humanitarian purpose.

Question Did Amnesty International mention any about slaughter of million of people in Iraq, Afghan, etc when US troop where there killing innocent/ bombing them?

Question if Putin is dictator, IS American Politicians and American defense contractor dictators (called American Capitalism) and Fascism, too. (Similar to Great Britain ear of 1600 - 1790 ruling over the world.)

10:56AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Amnesty International is part of co-op for American corporations, American Politician and defense contract folks but label as Humanitarian purpose.

Question Did Amnesty International mention any about slaughter of million of people in Iraq, Afghan, etc when US troop where there killing innocent/ bombing them?

Question if Putin is dictator, IS American Politicians and American defense contractor dictators (called American Capitalism) and Fascism, too. (Similar to Great Britain ear of 1600 - 1790 ruling over the world.)

7:43AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Yvonne B. Pat M. Steve R. Murray C. Vicky P.

Thank you to all of you for having seen or are beginning to see beyond the Main Stream Media crap and lies that many other contributors are still failing to do.

It's about time more of us started to understand America's true intentions and grasp what US foreign policy is all about. I for one DO NOT want to live in a World "completely" dominated by the US. Its bad enough that I have to endure US military occupation in my own country, Great Britain.

7:26AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Good for President Putin.

The last time the US persuaded Russia to adopt an illegal Security Council intervention was Libya and look at the lies the US used then. Before that, we all remember the farcical crap dished up by the US administration to justify a war with Iraq.

No, I fully stand behind Putin....he is halting America's latest attempt at illegal intervention, global domination and imposition of its own warped morals and disgraced foreign policy in another sovereign state.

1:41AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Putin surely is not a moral standard, however imaging him as a full-scale monster is ridiculous.

As for the Western policy in Syria, I fully support Pat M.'s view.

12:53PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

If you are sitting next to someone who you are truly disgusted with do you stare at them? When I saw the film of Obama and Putin sitting next to each other all I was was the contempt Obama had for Putin. Putin, on the other hand, has no soul. He would shoot his own mother in the face if he thought it would help him politically. He is a thug and throwback from the Communist days. If you have ever read anything about the man you would see what an evil man he is.

12:46PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Dubya "looked into Putin's eyes and said he is a good man"!!! He must have been in a drunken stupor. Putin is nothing but a thug. But Dubya and Putin do have one thing in common. They both know how to rig elections. Putin saw Dubya as an idiot.
Obama weak? Who orchestrated the demise of Bin Laden? He promised to do just that while running for office and he fulfilled that promise. If I were Putin I would not underestimate Obama.

5:37AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

It's because he views Obama as weak.

6:52PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Its a shame that unlike George W. Bush Obama looked deep into Putin's eyes and could not find any soul.

5:32PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Pam M and Murray I wish I could give you a bucket of green stars. You are the only people on this post who can really see what is going on in Syria and other parts of the Middle East. I wish that other posters on this site did a bit more research on this subject and listen to other news services other than Western Ones.

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