Putin Says U.S. Support for Syria Rebels is Illegal and Ineffective

Not that one should believe Vladimir Putin’s every word, but I think he’s on to something here. Al-Arabiya reports on his claim that US-trained rebels are leaving to join Islamic State with American weapons:

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying U.S.-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with weapons supplied by Washington.

Vladimir Putin

In an interview with U.S. networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organizations.

Obama and Putin are scheduled to talk on Monday after Putin addresses the United Nations, although White House and Kremlin officials have disagreed on what the two leaders will discuss and even who initiated the meeting.

“In my opinion, provision of military support to illegal structures runs counter to the principles of modern international law and the United Nations Charter,” he said in an excerpt of an interview with U.S. television networks CBS and PBS released by the Kremlin…

[continues at Al-Arabiya]


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