MOSCOW, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the United States against any military action on Syria without UN approval, saying it would be an aggression.
In an interview with the Channel 1 TV and posted by the Kremlin website on Wednesday, Putin reinforced his demand that the Obama administration needed approval from the UN Security Council before taking action.
"It must be presented to the UN Security Council if there is evidence that chemical weapons were used and by the government forces," he said ahead of a G20 summit in St. Petersburg.
U.S. Senate revises Syria resolution to set time limit on military action, bar ground troops
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached an agreement Tuesday on a revised resolution on authorizing military action in Syria, setting a time limit and barring U.S. ground troops in the war-torn country.
The draft, agreed by the committee's chairman Robert Menendez and Republican ranking member Bob Corker, sets a time limit of 60 days on U.S. military action in Syria with the option for a single 30-day extension. Full story
UN chief warns against war rush on Syria, stressing probe needed
BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that a rush of military action against Syria should be restrained as the UN investigation into Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons continues.
The samples taken from the site of an alleged Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs will be in designated laboratories by Wednesday, and UN inspectors will do their best to speed up the analysis process, Ban said before heading for St. Petersburg, Russia, for a summit of Group of 20 (G20) slated for Thursday and Friday. Full story
Obama secures key backing on Syria, push for strike continues
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured the key backing of House leaders in his push for military action in Syria, as his administration continued to persuade the rest of Congress by sending Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to make the case in a Senate hearing.
Obama met with Congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday morning, promising the proposed strike against Syria will be "limited" and "proportional," and urged Congress for "a prompt vote" to authorize military action. Full story