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    Russia Wants to Talk to US Congress About Syria

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Russian Parliament speakers at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Sept. 2, 2013.
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Russian Parliament speakers at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Sept. 2, 2013.
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin says he supports the idea of sending a delegation from the country's parliament to Washington to urge members of the U.S. Congress not to support military intervention in Syria.

    Valentina Matviyenko, who chairs the Federation Council, the Russian parliament's upper chamber, outlined the proposal to send a parliamentary delegation to the U.S. on Monday during a meeting with Putin. The meeting also was attended by Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of the State Duma, the lower parliamentary house.

    Matviyenko said she hopes for an "active dialogue" with U.S. lawmakers about possible military intervention in Syria.

    Putin called the idea "very timely and correct."

    Matviyenko told the Russian president she and Naryshkin "completely" share his stance on what she called the "impermissibility" of military intervention in Syria without United Nations Security Council approval.

    On Saturday, U.S. President Barack Obama delayed an expected military strike against Syria, instead telling Americans he will seek congressional approval to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

    That same day Putin said it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons because its forces are "advancing" against rebels.

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    by: Oxen
    September 03, 2013 9:53 PM
    Russia should just prepare to defend Assad somehow by all means agianst an illegal war based on fabrications meant to help FSA/Al=Qaeda alliance take power over a couple of months(90 - 180 days) after USA completes the bombing spree that will leave hundred of thousand Syrian civilians and combatants dead. After the bombing FSA/Al-Qaeda/Al-Nusra cannibals will surge to Damascus and wreck havoc of epic proportions-thanks to Obama for ignoring the UN security Council. USA must be so ashamed of its leadership now, for yet again taking trying to take the nation to war with another country based on whims, lies and claims not credibly substantiated by the International community. Syria and allies must resist by all possible means no matter how long that takes or form of resistance. One nation with hot head leaders should not bully others and ignore all warnings from other nations and the UN and enter war to serve own interests/Israel/Al-Nusra and company

    by: Anonymous
    September 03, 2013 6:56 PM
    Putin should not be allowed to talk to any congress until he apologizes to the world that the Free Syrian Army (Made of defected assad soldiers who defected because they refused to murder innocent Syrians and destroy the nation, and everyday Syrians) is NOT a terrorist organization. He likes to make them out to be terrorists to give assads crimes against the Syrian Nation value. He is entirely wrong, and misleading the world. Time to man up and tell the people of Syria and the FSA they are to be protected from assad and his crimes. The FSA is absolutely 100% NOT al qaeda, say it to the world Putin, say it to the world. Tell them the actual truth. Until doing so you shouldn't be discussing anything with anyone.

    by: Miser592 from: Djibouti
    September 03, 2013 8:21 AM
    This may be a brillant move by the Obama Administration. Obama and Putin agree to meet to resolve the Syrian crisis and Obama gets Snowden back in the deal. By doing so, the US and France don't have to go it alone.

    by: Popsiq from: Buganda
    September 03, 2013 7:55 AM
    What message would bombing Syria send to the North Koreans or the Iranians? Probably that they're right: America is at the extreme end of the spectrum when it comes to military terrorism and aggression, for completely humanitarian reasons of course.

    Just as it was (or wasn't) in Libya, Darfur, Rwanda, Grenada, Panama, South Vietnam, etc, etc, etc.
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    by: gig24
    September 03, 2013 11:50 PM
    You are literally turning the tables,PoPsig! Putin is as evil as Goebbels the Nazi was and/or Hitler. He should be made waiting for the same 3hrs on Congress to appear(remember Kerry in Moscow).Furthermore : It is Putin who arranged the NK aggressions/Gulags and WMD's. Putin cannot be Our friend anymore. We are forced ,to prepare for the worst and it will get a lot worse now,especially thanks to Putin and Naryshkin,these war mongerers. General Idriss ,please proclaim your Nation and apply for NATO membership! Same for King Feisal and King of Jordania.Same for egypt .

    by: Manuel Rodriguez from: USA
    September 03, 2013 7:43 AM
    Just a thought, why dont we let the Arab countries take care of their own. They have the military strength and the finances to do it. We have enough problems in this country to keep us busy.
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    by: gig24
    September 04, 2013 10:49 AM
    Arabs cannot do it. Unfortunately not.Even,if we'd provide AWACs and all the Seabased/Landbased gear. These arabs believe in Allah and no longer in their Kings. Let's hope they realize in time, that not Allah will/can help but Obama,we the Americans with our might. e.g. General Indriss ,me,McCain,And SEN Graham have realized this long ago.

    by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
    September 03, 2013 4:15 AM
    I would like to agree with Putin that Asad has no advantage to use chemical weapons while its preparation and use has been cautioned by the US since long before. Obama said UN security council is rotten so that he does not consult UN with his strike plan to Syria. He must be afraid of veto by Russia and China. Even if his fear comes true, he must obey the rule of international community to get approval from UN not only from US congress. Thank you.
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    by: Anonymous
    September 03, 2013 7:00 PM
    absolutely it is an advantage for assad to use them and blame it on the opposition to make the world look down on the Free Syrian Army. It is my strong belief this is exactly what assad has done. Face it, when you are down and out like assad you will try and do anything but in the end nothing will work. He will have to face his crimes prior to the Chemical Weapons. He has commited atrocities all across Syria murdering nearly 100,000 non combatant (unarmed) civilians. He already lost the war because he has to face crimes of this. The chemical thing is just another way for assad to try and make the world think badly of the Free Syrian Army. The Free Syrian Army would not and did not do this chemical crime. Regardless assad was a criminal before hand so lets deal with the already overdue justice he so longly has deserved. Slap him with the strongest penalty ever sentenced.

    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    September 03, 2013 1:25 AM
    Mr. Putin, draw your own RED LINE and warn the French leaders and black gringo in the oval office not to cross it. Or stop blah..blah..blah. The world knows who actually used chemical weapons.
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    by: Anonymous
    September 03, 2013 9:58 PM
    USA leaders are supporting the FSA/Al-Qaeda/Al-Nusra cannibal rebels, so do you right? Otherwise why come up with such a silly comment?
    The bombs of Obama are meant to help the advance to Damascus. The notion that it is about civilians is total baloney!
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    by: cali from: California/USA
    September 03, 2013 11:05 AM
    Well stated!

    by: Nancy
    September 02, 2013 11:56 PM
    Seriously most of you on this forum make it seem like it is a joke. After this Administration and Obama have lied to us about almost if not all of everything they have done. Do you really believe a word they will say now??? China and Russia have told Obama and Hillary to quit taking out Leaders in the middle east they have unleashed the devil they advised no more. Do you people understand the bible about Ezekial 38 this might possibly be the war that Obama hopes to start.He is full aware this could set off this war. Are you ready. Putin makes more since than Obama where have you People been. Certainly not studying your bible or what newspapers are talking about around the world about Our Leaders. We do not get the truth here. Ready to meet your Maker??
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    by: Miser592 from: Djibouti
    September 03, 2013 8:38 AM
    Nancy, you missed a few steps before Revelation will occur. I do agree a little with your sentiment that unleashing a regional war in the Middle East is the worst possible outcome but I have the sense that the Admin may not be able to avoid it, either. I think Obama should talk to Putin to see if we can come to some settlement other than another destabilizing war.

    by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
    September 02, 2013 6:20 PM
    Ha! Ha! Ha! Putin want to send a delegation to advise the US Congress. Is Putin mentally deranged? Is he in a paranoia of the impending US attack on Syrian targets? Syria being the closest ally of Russia with its only deep water all year round naval base in Syria have to worry about the impending US attack at the Syrian targets. Russia will argue both tooth and nail to prevent the disaster to the dictator Assad. China will also do the same for the oil supply from Syria. Both Russia and China are doomed with the exit of Assad. The Hezbollah and Iran will get warning to be careful with its fundamentalist terrorist threats and Iran's nuclear threats.
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    by: Anonymous
    September 03, 2013 7:02 PM
    You are absolutely right, Putin is guilty of a smear campaign against the Free Syrian Army as well, making them out to be so called "Terrorists". To try and make value to his points, which is nonsense. He claims everyone opposing assad are canibals as well. It is words that come out of Putins mouth like this, that proves even moreso he is just as much of a criminal as bashar al assad.
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    by: Popsiq from: Buganda
    September 03, 2013 7:56 AM
    Putin should use the UN, just the same way America has - get some sanctions going to 'stop aggression'.

    by: Markt
    September 02, 2013 5:20 PM
    the time for 'acting alone' is over. We need to keep an open dialogue with every nation, even Russia. The fact that they are willing to talk is a positive sign. I don't care what policies the Russians are following, or what their agenda may be, or what they think of us; they are willing to keep the lines of communication open and that is what this world needs. We do not need to digress back to the Cold War days, full of distrust and suspicion at every turn.
    What America needs to do is to stop talking a big game and start listening, to end this knee-jerk reaction every time something happens with the threat of military action. Perhaps we need to, as a Nation, step back from center stage and let the United Nations act, and if they choose to do something, we need to abide by that decision and let the matter go. Snowden is old news, let him remain old news.
    The time for beating the war drum is over... put the drum away for a while and start acting like a World Partner instead of a World Leader.
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    by: Anonymous
    September 03, 2013 8:43 AM
    Hi Markt
    You are absolutely right .
    Thank you so much for your sane view points based on the humanitarian values . I personally believe that U.S should by no mean go to a new war alone, where other nations do not abide by it ! the U.S needs to obtain collective approval and consents of other nations . Lets Arab nations do this job if they are so vigilant about the troublesome predicament in Syria !
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