Assad thanks Putin for support during G20 Summit

Syrian officials meet with Russian counterparts in Moscow to discuss responses to possible US-led military strike.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 9, 2013 11:35
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Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin meet at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 2006.

Assad and Putin 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/FILE)

 
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Syrian President Bashar Assad thanked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for supporting Syria during the G20 Summit last week, AFP reported.

"The president asked me to pass on his thanks to Putin for his position during and after the G20 summit," Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said on behalf of Assad.

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Syrian officials are meeting with Russian diplomats in Moscow to discuss Syria's options in the event that the United States chooses to carry out a much-debated military strike.

The US and Russia have butted heads recently over Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in their bloody civil war.

Recently, America's Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, accused Russia of holding the UN Security Council hostage over any military response from a Western power.

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As US President Barack Obama gears up for a week during which he will attempt to garner Congress support for action in Syria, Russia has won over the European Union to reject any attack.

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Last Thursday European Council President Herman Van Rompuy stated his belief that "there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict."

Reuters contributed to this report.

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