According to the UK Guardian, when Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked what he would do if the United States attacked Syria, he replied that Russia did have plans in case this happened. Putin also admitted that he may restart Syria’s suspended 3-300 air defense missile contract with Russia.
Syrian President Bashir al-Assad also warned that if the United States attacked his country, it would:
spark a regional war
President Barack Obama will meet in St. Petersburg for the Group of 20 Summit. He had originally planned to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin, but The Washington Post reports that their meeting was cancelled as a result of Putin’s asylum acceptance from Edward Snowden, who is still wanted in the United States for revealing U.S. classified information about the National Security Agency (NSA).
President Barack Obama still plans to meet with French President Francois Hollande, who is supportive of U.S. intervention against the Bashir al-Assad regime. President Obama will also meet with Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese president Xi Jinping. The British Prime minister may be supportive of Barack Obama’s intentions, but his hands are tied when last week the British Parliament refused to join the United States’ desire to use military force on Syria.
Formerly, China did not approve of any U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war, and support from the Chinese is not expected. The Obama administration has avoided addressing the possibility of retaliation from other nations apposing his move to attack Syria, and the United Nations has not completed its investigation into the accusation that Bashir al-Assad ordered a chemical attack on his own people. It is mostly certain that a chemical attack did occur in the city of Damascus in late August, but the source of the attack is still under question.
The threat of an eminent attack from the United States has made the Syrian government react by relocating several of its important military equipment into surrounding populated neighborhoods.