Putin making various gestures and expressions during an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.
As the leaders of the world’s major economies are flocking to St. Petersburg for the G20 summit, scheduled to begin Thursday, President Vladimir Putin has reaffirmed his position on the possible U.S.-led military strike in Syria but took a more flexible stance, saying that Moscow could support the campaign.
The Kremlin might back taking action against Damascus only if the move is authorized by the United Nations and is based on “clear proof” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, Putin said.
“I don’t rule this out,” he said, referring to possible support of the campaign. “If we have objective, precise information about who committed those crimes, a reaction will follow. …We’ll take a principled stance, I can assure you.”
The president made his comments in an wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press