PUTIN VOWS TO AID SYRIA IF US ATTACKS – It was an acrimonious breakup of the G20 summit in which President Barack Obama was given the chilling threat by Vladimir Putin that Russia would come to Assad’s aid if the United States engaged in missile strikes against Syria.
With little evidence that Bashar al-Assad did give the order to use chemical weapons on 21 August no such attack upon the Syrian Government could be legally justified. Mr. Putin pointed out that he strongly suspects it was the Syrian Rebels who used the chemical weapons in order to garner international support for their fight and in doing so set-up Bashar al-Assad.
The chilling message came last night and the threat was clear; attack Syria and Russia will be forced to defend it.
Mr. Putin didn’t hold back any cards when playing his hand and openly declared to the G20 summit leaders that Russia was already supplying arms to Bashar al-Assad in order to defeat the Syrian Rebel uprising.
Rarely does a head of state openly declare their intentions and with gasps around the room it was obvious that Russia has now made its position crystal clear and that any strike on Syria could turn into an international conflict.
“Will we help Syria? We will. And we are already helping, we send arms, we cooperate in the economics sphere.” Vladimir Putin – G20 summit press conference.
Mr. Putin went on to say that both he and President Obama had privately discussed the Syrian conflict during a 30 minute meeting but are unable to agree on who implemented the chemical weapons attacks and the course of international intervention to remove Bashar al-Assad from power.
Mr. Putin refuses to agree on attacking a sovereign nation without the full backing of the United Nations and that any such aggression could only be seen as an illegal act or war.
Last night it was confirmed that Russia had sent a fourth war ship carrying an ‘unspecified cargo’ to the eastern Mediterranean.
It is now clear, from many observers, that Mr. Putin will deploy military arms into Syria in order to assist Bashar al-Assad against any military strike by the U.S or its coalition partners France.
Mr. Putin also made it clear that Russia would renew a suspended arms contract in order to supply Syria with more advanced weaponry that would shield it from attack by any coalition aggression.
The U.S, UK and other European nations are adamant that conclusive proof exists that Assad was responsible for the use of sarin gas attacks on his own people that caused the death of over 1,500 people; 500 of which were children. However Mr. Putin has dismissed such claims and is certain that the Syrian Rebels were the ones responsible.
Mr. Putin also pointed out the lack of support the U.S, UK and European nations had from its own people regarding a possible strike.
It appears that Mr. Putin stands almost alone in his assertions that the Syrian Rebels were responsible for the chemical attacks. Last night Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Turkey all gave President Obama their support to engage Syria and remove its tyrant leader Bashar al-Assad and furthermore reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.
The British Prime Minister, despite losing a House of Commons vote on missile strikes against Syria, insisted that President Obama was not a ‘warmonger’ and that doing nothing would set an appalling precedent if the world failed to act and allow Bashar al-Assad to commit such an atrocity and get away scot free.
Despite Mr. Cameron’s objections it was interesting to note that not one of the world leaders mentioned George W. Bush or Tony Blair; for both were responsible for murdering hundreds of thousands of innocent lives without ever facing an international court.
Some quarters believe that there appears to be an agreed silence over the illegal incursion into Iraq which did, as Mr. Cameron stated, set an appalling precedent.
Whilst the House of Commons refused to give Mr. Cameron their backing to strike Syria it could well turn out that Britain will end up playing a role if the conflict escalates with Russia’s involvement as Britain may be seen to have an obligation, under its so-called ‘special relationship’ to assist the United States.
Mr. Cameron, during the talks, attacked Mr. Putin’s argument on the legalities of striking Syrian without a UN mandate saying that there is a strong case for ‘humanitarian’ intervention which could make such an attack perfectly legal.
There is no doubt that Mr. Cameron sides completely with Mr. Obama but suspicions are that Mr. Cameron is simply mirroring the actions of Tony Blair during the lead-up and incursion into Iraq where clearly George W. Bush was pulling all the strings.
Mr. Cameron did implore Mr. Putin to use his influence on Bashar al-Assad to provide safe passages for the millions of people who are fleeing the worn torn country. Mr. Cameron also pledged an additional £52 million in foreign aid to help the Syrian refugees.
Russia’s position now seems perfectly clear and unless the U.S are willing to provide clear and unequivocal evidence that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack on his people then Russia will remain firm and defend Syria against an act of aggression from the U.S and its coalition force.