Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent days has been trying to achieve a diplomatic settlement that would prevent an American strike in Syria, according to a statement by an Israeli government official Sunday. Another Israeli official said that the United States will notify Israel
a few hours ahead of an attack.
The two made the remarks while the cabinet convened to discuss developments in the Syrian crisis.
According to an Israeli official, Putin opened intensive talks with the European Union, the Syrians and the Iranians,
and is trying to create an agreement that would cancel a potential American attack, and would require Syrian President Bashar Assad
to remove chemical weapons from his country.
The same source estimated that until now, the US administration did not find Putin very credible. The US is concerned that the Russian president aims at foiling the strike and that the second part of the wanted agreement has little importance to him.
Putin, Obama in G20 Summit in Russia (Photo: EPA) Earlier Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry
said that the Americans will consider turning to the UN Security Council once again to discuss the Syrian crisis once the UN inspectors complete their report on the chemical attack in the outskirts of Damascus.
In a joint press conference with Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya, Kerry stressed that US President Barack Obama has yet to decide on the matter.
On Saturday, CNN released 13 videos that present the results of the fatal attack in Syria
on August 21. Kerry justified the publication of the videos and said that "the vast majority of members of Congress – House and Senate – are undecided. And that's why the videos are being shown and the briefings are taking place. Those videos make it clear to people that these are real human beings, real children, parents being affected in ways that are unacceptable to anybody, anywhere by any standards."
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