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Putin warns of long Syrian civil war

2012-07-23 21:25

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday of a protracted civil war in Syria should President Bashar Assad be "unconstitutionally" removed from power by rebel fighters.

"We are afraid that if the country's current leadership is removed from power unconstitutionally, then the opposition and today's leadership may simply change places," the Interfax news agency quoted Putin as saying.

"One will become [the new] leadership and the other - the opposition."

Putin warned that in that case "a civil war will stretch on for who knows how long," Interfax reported.

The Russian leader's comments came as fighting raged in the main Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo on Monday.

Comments
  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-23 21:34

    NATO and Israel must stop aiding the rebels. Assad should have held elections. Thats the mistake Gaddafi made. Gaddafi was a dictator, but his people had food to eat. He could have escaped, but died in his country of birth. He was no coward. As for the West and Israel, stop interfering in foreign nations' affairs man !

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-23 21:36

      A biased and uninformed view if ever there was one.

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-23 21:51

      Care to explain? Because Libya, and Iraq are now worse off than before. Putin has a valid point, and NATO and Israel wont dare invade Syria because an old Soviet naval base still exists there. In my view, this is most probably the start of WWIII

      wesleywt - 2012-07-23 22:22

      Source please. Or did you pull that out of your ass?

      wesleywt - 2012-07-23 23:19

      So you did pull your anti NATO opinion out of your ass. Libya had peaceful elections where extremist were not voted into power. I'd say they are doing better. Continue to support evil.

      wesleywt - 2012-07-24 05:46

      Still no source Michael. A coward like Gaddafi and Assad?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-24 06:01

      Michael, ""He was no coward"" (gaddafi) What are you talking about ?? While he send his few supporters to their deaths, he was hiding in a hole. And when eventually they caught him, he tried to buy his life, with gold and cash....stolen from the Libyan population. What a lousy pathetic scumbag ,this was !!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-24 07:19

      Putin: "We will be supplying weapons for years to come.."

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-23 21:40

    There will also be a protracted civil war if Assad stays in power. Putin has not been doing too much to resolve this situation. Because of inaction from the likes of Russia, the situation is worsening by the day and as is always the case, civilians are baring the brunt of it.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-07-23 21:52

    Mubarak did the honourable thing when he realised his people no longer wanted his rule - he stepped down, saving his country the destruction which we saw in Libya and now in Syria.\r\nPutin is a disgrace to the Russians and an abomination to the brutalised Syrians. Assad will have his day.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 00:40

      Well said. Mubarak should be pardoned, compared to what Gaddafi and Assad have done.

  • dbnsfynest - 2012-07-23 23:42

    I am of the opinion that Syrians should be left to sort out their own internal problems. Don't they have that right as a sovereign state or is that right afforded only to America and it's western allies only? America has a constant need to interfere even when not needed and has launched the careers of the likes of Sadaam, Osama, Hitler, Stalin, lenin amongst others. American involvement will only breed contempt and worsen the already terrible situation much like Vietnam and Iraq.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 00:42

      The Syrian state has been hijacked by an unelected dictator and his family. It is not sovereign in the truer sense.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-24 01:07

      Dbnsfynest, ""am of the opinion that Syrians should be left to sort out their own internal problems."" EXACTLY, but it is Russia ans Iran , that won't allow this to happen. With their constant efforts to 'prop up' this ruthless dictator, and their non stop supply of military arms, which are used to murder assad;s opposition, it is THEM , who don't give the Syrians that chance !!!

      wesleywt - 2012-07-24 05:45

      I hate it when people say they should be allowed to sort out their own problems. Its just an excuse to continue to murder their own people. The age of the dictator is dead. This backward notion will go with it.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-25 06:38

      dbnsfynest. You are saying what many has expressed before and i agree. The west supporters has until a couple weeks back repeatedly said the US and allies are in the lead the ensure a regime change in syria....now they blame russia and china for ''not wanting to let the syrians sort their own problems out'' it is obvious that the western agenda is not freedom and voting rights for syrians or '' muslims'' the world over.... Everyone , all over the world knows that the west doesnt really have the welfare of muslims at heart, in fact they demonised islam! So why on earth do they try so hard to make it seem as if they care for people when they dont! The double standards and fork tongue lend s to the apprehension! Ask any pro west/america supporter: 1) what would they expect the american government to do if their opposition armed themselves and attempt to forcefully overthrow the current rule? 2) how would the american gov respond to interference by other governments in their domestic affairs and sovereignty?

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 00:35

    Now that we know what Putin is seeing, do we really want to go down that road? That's where he's leading us. That's his vision.

  • german.mazokera - 2012-07-24 04:35

    Syria! You are a new chess board

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 04:55

      The only player is Russia. The freer world has absconded.

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-24 21:15

      absconded hey! Is that what happened in mogadishu, somalia too?

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-24 05:02

    The GREAT Putin: Shame, this 'great' leader from this 'great' (nuclear) power got it all mixed up. " The current leadership removed """unconstitutionally""" !!!!!!!! Hallllllooooo, the current leadership is "unconstitutional" This assad's daddy, came to power, the same way as his lovely son, now wants to hold onto power; through tyranny !!! And than he 'forgo' to hold elections for 50 years !!!!!! ""One will become [the new] leadership and the other - the opposition"" No, egg head, you got it wrong again: The current leadership, has NO place in a new Syria. Terrorists don't belong in a country's politics. The new leadership AND the new opposition are all in the ones, who are united now, with one goal; the ouster of these assad's In future, before you talk rubbish, ask someone what's going on !! ( This Putin and this assad, could be brothers, they have the same " ice cold eyes " !!!!! )

  • Michael - 2012-07-24 06:37

    I'm reasonably confident that should we choose to re-route to compassion the energy we channel into confrontation, we really could all get along.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 20:18

      Excellent insight. Thank you.

  • struan.g.lloyd - 2012-07-24 06:46

    Give that man a bells

      rude.awakning - 2012-07-25 21:55

      i agree,, but think he'll prefer vodka? Lol??

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