Ready for war? Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin set to lock horns over Syria at G20 summit
David UsborneVladimir Putin welcomes President Barack Obama and the other heads of the world’s leading and emerging nations to a G20 summit in St Petersburg tomorrow morning. The event will crackle with tensions over the case for punitive strikes against Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons against its own people.
The stage may be set for one of the most awkward and uncomfortable international summits in recent memory with the Syrian crisis likely to dominate discussions and the two heavyweights at the table – Mr Putin and Mr Obama – facing off on the best way forward. A once-planned separate summit between the two men was cancelled by Washington weeks ago.
At a stop-over in Stockholm, Mr Obama said the responsibility to act on Syria was not just his, but the whole world’s. “I didn’t set a red line,” he said at a press conference. “The world set a red line when governments representing 98 per cent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons is abhorrent.”
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" Ready for war? Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin set to lock horns over Syria at G20 summit", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2013. Consulté le 05/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/ready-for-war-barack-obama-and-vladimir-putin-set-to-lock-horns-over-syria-at-g20-summit