Live Updates: In part 2 of an interview with Germany’s Bild published at Kremlin.ru, President Vladimir Putin indicates that it is “premature” to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asylum in Russia, and says he could still win the election in 2017.
The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.
In fact, US newspapers such as the New York Times covered the story extensively and multiple times and followed up on the investigation, and generally the Western press was critical of the bombing.
In my view, every effort must be made to reinforce the legitimate government in the countries of the region. That concerns Syria. To restore and reinforce the structures being formed of government in such a country as Iraq, in such a country as Libya. To achieve stabilization in such a country as Somalia, let’s say, in other countries. To reinforce the government in Afghanistan. But that doesn’t mean that everything has to be left as it is. On the basis of this stabilization, of course, political reforms must be made.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick