Zuma is my G20 man – Putin

2013-09-08 14:00

Russian president Vladimir Putin hailed President Jacob Zuma as a champion of “small nations” after discussions on Syria this week by the heads of state of Group of 20 (G20) countries.

Putin praised Zuma for highlighting the unintended consequences of a unilateral strike on Syria, which the US is considering.

“South Africa’s president said a very remarkable thing,” Putin said. “He said, ‘In today’s world, small nations increasingly feel vulnerable and unprotected. It seems like a more powerful country can use force at any time at its own discretion’. And he is right. That is the direction things are going in.”

Zuma led the charge against the US’s unilateral position at a dinner on the sidelines of the summit on Thursday night, appealing to leaders to “respect international institutions” like the UN Security Council.

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