At a joint press conference today, President Putin made Russia’s position on Syria very clear to Cameron.
Referring to the west’s plans to arm Syrian rebels, Putin said “One does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their organs in front of the public and cameras,” and continued “Are these the people you want to support? Are they the ones you want to supply with weapons? Then this probably has little relation to the humanitarian values preached in Europe for hundreds of years.”
As is to be expected of Cameron, he did not answer the question and resorted to his pre-prepared speech saying “What I take from our conversation today is that we can overcome these differences if we recognise that we share some fundamental aims: to end the conflict, to stop Syria breaking apart, to let the Syrian people decide who governs them and to take the fight to the extremists and defeat them.”
Unfortunately for Cameron, the action and inaction of both the US and UK regimes has directly contributed to Syria become a living hell for Syrian people and have prevented the conflict from coming to a diplomatic solution.
Putin referred to the talks which were due to take place in Geneva next month and expressed that he hoped that they had not ‘been finally buried’ as a result of the statement of the US administration that it will resort to arming the rebel faction and abandon the talks.
During a special televised question and answer session on the Russian backed channel Russia Today, Putin was asked why Russia was supplying arms to the Syrian government. He responded by saying that the supply of weapons was within the requirements of international law, and that the current Syrian government are ‘legitimate’ and entitled to engage in the trade of arms.