Russian President won’t rule out strike on Syria

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Russia has been resistant to calls by the US, UK, Turkey, and France for a strike on the Syrian government in response to chemical weapon usage. US President Barack Obama asked the world on Wednesday to act, not because he warned Syria about crossing the “red line,” but because the world had set such a line. “First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line,” Obama said. “So when I said that my calculus would be altered by chemical weapons, which the overall consensus of humanity says is wrong — that’s not something I just made up. I didn’t pick it out of thin air,” Obama said. “My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line, and America and Congress’s credibility’s on the line.”

Russia then began sending mixed signals that seemed a bit more open than its previous refusal to support a strike on Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he “doesn’t exclude” backing a United Nations (UN) resolution for action, but only if there’s absolute proof of Syria’s government being involved in the latest attack on the suburbs of Damascus. As one of Syria’s top allies, especially due to Russia’s business dealings with the Syrian government, the fact that Putin is at least open to a strike is a subtle shift. However, if the US strikes without UN permission, Russia may act to defend Syria.

Featured image courtesy of Norgler on Wikimedia.