Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning that a potential U.S. military strike against Syria would “result in more innocent victims and escalation,” adding that U.S. force has proved “ineffective and pointless” in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Thursday, the Russian leader notes the strong opposition to a potential strike from “many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope,” adding that it could undermine miltilateral efforts “to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa.”
“It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance,” he writes.
Putin writes that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries “has become commonplace for the United States.
“Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan ‘you’re either with us or against us.’”