...Putin takes advantage of the situation and provides all sorts of cover for Russian operations in and within its former Soviet satellites. Prolonging the Syrian question provides a win/win: Obama capitulation or what will be perceived as a tyrannical bombardment against popular opinion.
One has to chuckle at the rhetoric, however. Does anyone here really think a man like Putin adheres to constraints of a mere legal nature? Is Georgia and its Pipeline now safe?
His article from the New York Times here.
From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.