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    Obama to Speak With Putin on Syria at G8 Summit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, works with British Prime Minister David Cameron, center right, to award Russian Ushakov medals to Arctic Convoy Veterans, in London, June 16, 2013.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, center left, works with British Prime Minister David Cameron, center right, to award Russian Ushakov medals to Arctic Convoy Veterans, in London, June 16, 2013.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Northern Ireland where he will attend a G8 summit likely to be dominated by the U.S. decision to arm Syrian rebels.

    The summit on Monday and Tuesday at an Irish resort will bring together leaders of the world's top economies.

    Obama plans to meet there with Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks on the Syrian conflict. The Russian leader has supported the government of embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

    On Sunday, Putin said countries must not arm fighters who eat human flesh, a reference to a video that emerged last month of a rebel appearing to eat the organ of a dead Syrian soldier.

    The G8 summit also will focus on boosting the world's sluggish economies.

    The G8 countries - England, France, Canada, Japan, Italy, Germany, Russia and the United States - account for 50 percent of the world's economic output. But to varying degrees they have struggled to emerge from the depths of the recession in 2008 and 2009.

    The White House said last week that President Obama intends to brief the other seven leaders at the summit about the U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels. The U.S. decided last week to send weapons to the rebels, declaring it had evidence that Assad's forces have used chemical weapons.

    The White House also said Obama will speak about his continuing support for the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance of telephone records of U.S. citizens and the monitoring of foreign nationals' use of the Internet.

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    by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
    June 19, 2013 9:01 PM
    To Igor!
    It looks that you’ve run out of any argument for your latest comment Your reference to the West is absolutely fabulous, it’s a cock and bull tale and a clotted nonsense, it’s neither where the elder is, nor in Kiev where uncle lives. Only you still don’t know that THERE’S evidence to prove that Assad’s regime has used the chemical weapon by hundreds simultaneously affected by neuroparalytic agent. It’s insane to blame the West for instigating sectarian hatred in Syria and the civil war against the bloody dictator Assad who for a long time denied basic human rights to people of Syria. The same we see in RUSSIA. You suggest me to emigrate, don’t you? Putin’s regime on the pattern of Assad’s regime wants all of the opposing his unlawful rule to emigrate from Russia after the rigged election, liquidated all NGO that monitored crucial elections in the largest country, after gagged mass media, numerous political trials, after undeclared state of emergency all over Russia when basic human Rights and Freedoms of Man and Citizen stipulated in articles 17.1, 22.1, 27, 29.1, 29.5,31, 56.1 of Russian Constitution permanently denied for Russian people.

    by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
    June 17, 2013 8:23 AM
    To Igor!
    As many times before, you couldn’t miss your opportunity to promote Mr. Putin’s regime, speculate on the ONLY provocative video posted on YouTube you’ve referred to and as usually to insult me. Mr. Putin’s propaganda machine is happy with the provocateur. Unfortunately, no country in the world may be guaranteed from provocateurs even in rank and file of Russia’s FSB.

    But how can you and those like you compare the ONLY provocative video with facts of Assad’s regime using the chemical weapon, being responsible in deaths of 63 thousand civilians and huge damage to property, forcing millions of people to flee from the horrors, in the humanitarian catastrophe? As for me, I’m unsure that the video with the horrible footage wasn’t specially planted by a certain country that supports bloody Assad regime and is willing to compromise opposition to bloody Assad regime at any cost. No wonder that contrary to the evidence by the UK and the USA, Mr. Putin denies the fact of Assad’s regime using the chemical weapon.
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    by: Igor from: Russia
    June 17, 2013 11:20 AM
    Gennady, do you have any evidence to prove that Assad’s regime is using the chemical weapon? Or you only believe blindly in the propaganda machine of the West which has proved itself in the Iraq war! I blame the West for instigating sectarian hatred in Syria leading to the civil war, causing the death of more than 90,000 people and making many homeless. If you only believe unconditionally in the US and the UK, you should migrate to such countries to live because you are not a Russian. Do you know how many times in history have Russia been invaded by western enemies? Have you learnt any from history?

    by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
    June 16, 2013 9:10 PM
    Putin questions US offer of supply of weapons to Free Syrian Army (FSA), while he continues supply of anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to Assad! US is discussing with Russia for political resolution of the blood shed in Syria, because US has no intention to supply advanced weapons requested by the FSA! The vicious cycle of UN resolutions, negotiations and conferences continue with no end in sight for the human disaster in Syria.

    by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
    June 16, 2013 8:35 PM
    Mr Putin has used his reference to the European humanitarian values hypocritically as a shield, as a hostage to his backing of bloody Assad regime, to justify his arming of “the legitimate” government of Syria, as he put it. What kind a government is legitimate after slaughtering more than 90 thousand of its citizens and forcing millions to flee the country? So, does it mean that with Mr. Putin in G8 (or G7+ one) the world hasn’t got any prospect to end the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria?
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    by: Igor from: Russia
    June 17, 2013 1:32 AM
    Gennady, you are totally wrong! Our country is completely right to continue deliver air defense systems to Syria because the systems can only be used to defense Syria's air base. They cannot be used against the rebels because the rebels have no airfighters. Also, we have to respect the contracts signed with Syria. Another reason is that Syria is one of our allies.

    The USA must be shameful of itself for deciding to arm the rebels which are mainly terrorists and led by terrorists. Those terrorists are not human beings because they are eating human organs.

    You must have been fooled by the western media while saying the regime has slaughtered 90 thousand people. In fact, most of them died as the result of war they were people belonging to both sides plus innocent citizens. If you sympathy with any man eating animal, you are like them, no more, no less. One day I will not be surprised by the news that you have killed some poor person and have eaten his organs and then upload the video on the net.

    by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
    June 16, 2013 8:06 PM
    In the article Mr Putin reffered to European humanitarian values. I wonder if he really knows anything about them or the reference is a convenient way for him to ruthlessly pursue his own agenda having nothing with European humanitarian values. How did he himself observe the values in rigged elections, in liquidating all NGO monitoring elections in the largest country , in gagging mass media, in staging numerous political trials, in forcing all his opponents to flee Russia, in undeclared state of emergency all over Russia when Rights and Freedoms of Man and Citizen stipulated in articles 17.1, 22.1, 27, 29.1, 29.5,31, 56.1 of Russian Constitution are permanently denied for Russian people, in cutting the Internet for all trying to have their say???

    by: Paddy from: Australia
    June 16, 2013 7:15 PM
    I think its a BIG mistake to arm the rebels (Al-Qaeda, Terrorists, insurgents, radicals, Islam extremists, Jihads) because they will use the weapons to kill Americans. They will rip your heart out and eat it and that's not the type of people who should rule any country.

    by: Anonymous
    June 16, 2013 6:34 PM
    Who is a better person? Someone who eats an organ or someone guilty of bombing unarmed civilian areas and killing over 50 000 innocent civilians? Both are crazy but Assad is guilty of more crimes times 50 000.

    by: Anonymous
    June 16, 2013 6:28 PM
    Putin is such an idiot lol. The one video showing a rebel eating organs is a single isolated case. In fact the guy likely is psycho. Putin has to learn you cannot kill upwards of 50,000 unarmed civilians and get away with it. Assad has killed more innocent people than anyone else in Syria or even bin laden. For Putin to bring up an isolated issue like that just shows how stupid he is and how he is trying any excuse he can to try and make Assad seem like a nice guy. Suggestion to Putin, just be quiet you look like an idiot in front of the world. Justice will be served to Assad whether Putin likes it or not. Putin had best be worried about being liked in Russia and the rest of the world. His childlike decisions and what he says is not working for him or his nation. Not many Russians like him no wonder. If only Putin was a reasonable person he would actually be liked but he chooses to be an idiot instead.

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