News / Middle East

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.
TEXT SIZE - +
VOA News
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.

You May Like

Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety More

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
 Previous    
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.

In Response

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.

In Response

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.

In Response

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.

In Response

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.

In Response

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.

Comments page of 2
 Previous    

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid