Putin on Syria
Date of publication: 04/09/2013
President Putin during the interview he gave to Associated Press and Russian Channel 1 in Novo-Ogaryovo on 4 September 2013
"We are not defending the current Syrian government. We are defending other things entirely. We are defending the principles and norms of international law. We are defending the current world order. We are defending the rule that even a possibility of using force must be discussed within the framework of existing world order and international law. This is what we are defending. This is the absolute value. When decisions concerning the use of force are made outside the UN and the Security Council, it raises a concern that such illegal actions could be taken against any country under any pretext."
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