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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: olga from: st. louis
September 02, 2013 4:14 PM
Oh GIVE ME A BREAK PUTIN! Like anyone in the US needs to speak with you regarding this matter, muchless wants to! Who do these Russian's think they are?!!! We already know they do not find the evidence the USA has on Assad using Chemical Weapons on his people "credible" so what do they think they are pulling here?! They know we are talking a STRIKE and they are against this. They know and we know that Obama and Putin are not on friendly terms (especially after them giving Amnesty to Snowden) so what do they think they are going to accomplish?!! Basically: Matviyenko said she hopes for an "active dialogue" with U.S. lawmakers about possible military intervention in Syria.- -talk talk talk talk, that is all the Russian's know, STALLING and TALKS - -"to buy more time!" For their ALLY BASHAR AL ASSAD!
So my question is WHO INVITED THEM?!!!

by: Pat Dendy from: Sugar, Hill, Ga.
September 02, 2013 3:55 PM
Russia and the U.S. were allies during WWII against Germany where genocide was widely practiced against the Jews by a mad man named, Adolf Hitler. There is common ground for an open dialogue between Russia and the U.S. on the issue of chemical weapons. The two countries will never see eye to eye but discussion is healthy and helps develop better relations and a better understanding of the philosophy of the other.

by: carlos lascoutx from: mexico
September 02, 2013 3:45 PM
...America should talk to everybody about Syria, exhaust all
diplomatic vocabulary after years of GI Joe, it's time Foggy
Bottom retrained, made foreign contacts, shot the breeze
instead of each other, earned their pay, waxed eloquent,
polished bowls and bowls of fruit, adjusted the curtains on
the outside world, walked in their garden, learned a word or
2 in another's language, got with their pressed trousers,
delivered notes, took an art class, and enjoyed their jobs,
not for the power, but for the new and old people they'd meet,
take the time, you know, to live, not to die.

by: william nesbitt from: florida
September 02, 2013 3:41 PM
Putin is NOT our friend!!! He disrespects America at every turn --and their government took Snowden in, is against us at every UN council meeting,, He is as illigitimate a leader as they come, see Chechnya, pussy riot, homophobic, and is Totally racist the way he has treated Barack Obama. Keep him and his cronies out of America-- we don't need old KGB agents in our politics.
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by: Anonymous
September 03, 2013 7:06 PM
You are 100% correct, he should of been locked up for what he did in Chechnya killing so many innocent civilians in his own region / country. Disgusting as they come. The whole Syrian war can be a learning curve for Russia and China. You can not militarily win over friends or your own people by attacking their residential areas and murdering thousands. You will not intimidate, you will not crush the people, you will not make them buckle for generations to come. You will however earn merit points for the International Criminal Court to come after you. You can't destroy a nation thinking you can make the people buckle, PERIOD. Every day this war has dragged on assad has only lost popularity not gained it.
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by: Gaybinator from: NW Florida
September 03, 2013 12:52 AM
So even the Russians are racists if they disagree with the Community Organizer in Chief? When you play the racist card, you're out of ideas.
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by: ADI from: AZ
September 02, 2013 7:19 PM
Let me guess william nesbitt ... are you a guy who's got a job at big brother(Federal) i think YES , you speak , like one of them ... are you afraid now ... and Chechnya WHATTTTT ??? the way he has treated Barack Obama ... REALLY ? ? He deserved it !!! Obama he's just a clown who's obey his masters ...

by: Bruno Brown from: Canada
September 02, 2013 3:22 PM
Russia in now getting more respect in the world than theUSA,
Mr. Putin is to be admired with his wise choice regarding Ed.
Snowden,and now,with talks with the US. shows real leadership.
Obama has crossed his own RED LINE as far as the world is concerned.
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by: Abibaal from: Norway
September 04, 2013 7:57 AM
In syria it is a civil war between the arab Sunni moslems + alqaida who represents 65% of the population against the other minorities(alawit,shia,christians ,druzes,non arab kurds ) representing 45% of the population. The US can not interfer in a civil war.
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by: Suzette from: Nevada
September 03, 2013 2:51 AM
Sadly, it is someone from Canada that speaks common sense. Sadly, what you say is true and many Americans have lost common sense that they can not see daylight. America better wake up before it is to late.
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