Reuters reported that the Russian politicians wanted to discuss and lobby American politicians to not vote to intervene in the two-year-old Syrian civil war.
Russia has been adamantly opposed to any foreign involvement in Syria’s civil war because they have a lucrative military arms contract with the Syrian government. The government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, is also an ally of Iran and their Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah. China has agreed with Russia on the issue of Western involvement in the civil war.
Only France came out in support of Western intervention in Syria, after the British parliament voted down Prime Minister David Cameron’s war proposal.
This came after U.S. President Barack Obama said that the “red line” for his administration was the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. If the Assad regime used weapons as charged by the Syrian rebels, then Obama’s rhetoric would merit U.S. involvement. In addition, a Senate committee approved a limited war resolution to head to the Senate floor for a vote.
However, after polls indicated that 79% of Americans don’t want to go into Syria, Obama backtracked from his remarks. He blamed the world and Congress for setting the “red line”.
Obama is now in St. Petersburg, Russia attending a G20 summit. Relations between him and Russian President Vladimir Putin are cold at best as Putin refused to hand over National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to the U.S. At the summit, some fear that Putin will stick it to Obama over his Syrian civil war flip-flop.