13 September 2013, 18:11

Reaction on Putin’s Syria article indicates US became estranged to competitive world politics – Kremlin

Дмитрий Песков

The Kremlin sees the official American reaction to President Putin’s article on Syria that was published yesterday in The New York Times as displeasure over a reminder that the modern world in not unilateral and cannot be governed by a single power or a select group of powers.

In his article, Mr Putin argued that the Syrian conflict is an assault by terrorists on a legitimate government, rather than a popular revolt to bring forward democracy.

Kremlin surprised by US insisting on American exceptionalism - Peskov

In preparing Putin’s op-ed for New York times, Russia did not want to start confrontation; Putin does not lecture anyone - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in response to White House commentary.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said that any speculation on the modality of the situation in Syria outside the limits of Lavrov-Kerry dialogue must be deemed illegitimate.

Peskov also added that "Putin did not want to offend anyone by op-ed in New York Times".

"We heard a statement by a White House press secretary this morning by Moscow time. I would like to note in this regard that, when Putin was writing this article and when Russia was preparing its publication, no one actually was going to enter into a confrontation with anyone, not to mention offend anyone," Peskov told journalists in Bishkek. "Putin never lectures anyone in international affairs. He just doesn't have this habit," he said.

Regarding Iranian nuclear issue, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not discuss the construction of power unit 2 of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at their meeting in Bishkek, Kremlin spokesman said.

"Unit 2 was not discussed in the context of the trade-economic subject," Peskov claimed.

In his article, Vladimir Putin argued that the Syrian conflict is an assault by terrorists on a legitimate government, rather than a popular revolt to bring forward democracy.

He also blamed the use of chemical weapons near Damascus on August 21 on the insurgents and warned that outside military action against Syria could result in a regionwide conflagration.

The US continues to insist that the August 21 attack was the work of Syrian government forces.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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