On Syria using chemicals weapons against its own people, Russian President Vladmir Putin said U.S. President Barack Obama's allegations that Bashar al-Assad used WMD against his own people doesn't add up. Accordingly, he said the evidence should be presented to the U.N. Security Council before unilaterally ordering military strikes, citing an August 31 Washington Post report.
Just when a potential war in the Middle East is occupying daily headlines, a war of rhetoric is quietly being waged between two world leaders, who clearly don't see eye to eye on the Syrian civil war.
Not convinced by Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry's strong words accusing President Assad of authorizing a chemical weapons attack in Syria, that killed more than 1,400 people, President Putin offered sharp criticism.
Saturday, while addressing Russian news agencies, Putin spoke his mind publicly for the first time since the alleged Syrian chemical weapons strike on August 21.
"I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: Before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future casualties," the Russian leader said, adding that he believes a non-violent approach should be the aim.
Putin insists that he believes Syrian rebels are responsible for the war crimes attack, and their strategy is to bait the Obama Administration into striking Assad's government.
Additionally, he claims that it would be "utter nonsense" for Assad to use chemical weapons when his military had the upper-hand over the Syrian rebel movement.
Short of any definitive proof, Russia's president says there is no basis to strike Syria.
Sources say President Barack Obama has the requisite proof needed that shows Bashar al-Assad ordered the use of weapons of mass destruction. However, the intelligence is "classified" and cannot be released.
Some believe the language Putin used is an attempt to look as if he has compassion and is thinking rationally over Assad and the Syrian chemical weapons attack, while Obama is threading close to repeating the mistake of George W. Bush.
Of note: Shortly after the Russian leader made his public statements, President Obama made the decision to seek Congressional approval, first, before ordering military action.
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