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Kerry lied about al-Qaeda in Syria: Putin

2013-09-06 07:11

Washington - Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US secretary of State John Kerry of lying about al-Qaeda's role in the Syrian conflict.

"They lie beautifully, of course. I saw debates in Congress. A congressman asks Mr Kerry: 'Is al Qaeda there?' He says: 'No, I am telling you responsibly that it is not,'" Putin said at a meeting of his human rights council in the Kremlin.

"Al-Qaeda units are the main military echelon, and they know this," he said, referring to the United States. "It was unpleasant and surprising for me - we talk to them, we proceed from the assumption that they are decent people. But he is lying and knows he is lying. It's sad."

Putin did not give any more details.

In an exchange with a senator, Kerry was asked whether it was "basically true" that the Syrian opposition had "become more infiltrated by al-Qaeda over time. Kerry said: "No, that is actually basically not true. It's basically incorrect."

The US State Department dismissed as "preposterous" Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that Secretary of State John Kerry lied to Congress about al-Qaeda's role in Syria.

"Secretary Kerry is, as you all know, a decorated combat veteran," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, referring to Kerry's service during the Vietnam War. "He's had ... more than words aimed at him.

"So he's not losing sleep after such a preposterous comment that was based on an inaccurate quote and was completely mischaracterised," she added.



Comments
  • Vitor Mosca - 2013-09-06 07:28

    How do you know when the USA government is lying? Their lips move.

      Koos van der Merwe - 2013-09-06 07:35

      Quite true Victor. The ANC must have completed their apprenticeships in lying with them

      Vitor Mosca - 2013-09-06 08:02

      Notice I didn't say the American people. I know and have some great American friends, but those who control the power in the USA always had their own agenda, and its a dark and self serving one.

      Todd Smith - 2013-09-06 08:04

      And you believe Putin is above misquoting or coloring the truth? He is the pillar of honesty in government? Oh come now. The American people don't like being lied to but their opinion hardly matters as politicians do want they want to do. Bush was the supreme liar but was he impeached or better yet thrown in jail for starting that long war, nope. It is certainly all very sad. Zuma himself is quite a liar, so don't forget him when you joke of liars conning the public. Rushing to threats was foolish, military action should be the very last resort. They say no ground troops now, well that depends what Syria does in retaliation. I had believed Kerry to be a decent man and as a war veteran I'm surprised he would be so hot on the taking action. I really find the hypocrisy of the USA offensive, they make mention of the numbers killed, particularly highlighting the number of children. Yes, it's tragic, but will an air strike stop the killing in Syria, I certainly doubt it. The USA wasn't hot to stop the Darfour genocide like they were hot to start up in Iraq or Syria. What about the others that needed saving. Oh, well they didn't matter. This conflict is all about protecting Israel.

      Shaun Daly - 2013-09-06 08:34

      To be fair, the original joke is more fair in its assessment: swap "politician" for "American government" and you're all set. The US just happens to be the biggest guy on the block so their lies and quarter truths are pointed out all the faster and on a larger scale. Btw, Vladimir "no action in Syria (one of our best arms customers) until a UN resolution (that we keep blocking) passes" Putin is no better.

  • Horace Kawaka - 2013-09-06 07:38

    it's a shame how pathetic the Obama admin is.. and Kerry is a huge moron!

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-09-06 08:14

    Kerry is not a moron. Kerry is a puppet. Ok, moron puppet then. The USA is not telling all and that is what some call lying. Bush lied and went to war. This time it has nothing to do with chemical weapons . It's all about the Russian oil pipeline that goes through Syria. The Saudis want it and they have $13 trillion worth of USA stock. O AMA wants to help those oil princes and make more money by selling them armaments they will never use.

  • Rictus Sardonicus - 2013-09-06 08:44

    Putin has the eye of the tiger.

  • Mnr Bloubul - 2013-09-06 09:04

    "Secretary Kerry is, as you all know, a decorated combat veteran," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said....." What does that have to do with him telling the truth about Al Qaeda. The spokesperson is as bad as Mac Marahaj

  • Deon Pretorius - 2013-09-06 09:10

    As far as I know Putin is also a decorated war vet, who has likewise had a lot more than just words fired at him.

      Johnny Walker - 2013-09-06 11:56

      He was a KGB officer in the then German Democratic Republic (East Germany)

  • Joshua van Vuren - 2013-09-06 10:40

    Do u think KGB Putin is helping Syria for humanitarian reasons? Wrong! Russia would loose $billions of weapon contract if Assad goes-Russia supplies Assad with weaponry to do his murdering on his own people, 2 years already. If u cry babies screams that Obama must keep out, then KGB Putin must also stay out-let the Arab League sort this out for a change-if they can.

      Mark Russell - 2013-09-06 12:27

      Do you think that Obama is bombing them for humanitarian reasons? Open your mind Joshua! None of the politicians are innocent and the US is also supplying weapons to the rebels. The point is that Syrian non combatants will be negatively affected by "strategic bombing". If it was not for Putin, the yanks would already be bombing away so regardless of your opinion of the man and his history, what he is currently doing is preventing unnecessary bombing of a country until the proof can be presented and assessed with calmer emotions. He gets my thumbs up for sure

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