Putin: U.S. Screwed Up Libya

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds the first major press conference of his third term in power in Moscow, on December 20, 2012. Putin denied today playing a role in the surprise reduction in the jail sentence of former oil tycoon and opposition leader Mikhail Khodorkovsky. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA        (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Well, he's still Putin. Asked at a news conference Thursday whether Russia was making a mistake by opposing intervention in Syria, Vladimir Putin let loose. Putin said that Russia wasn’t taking this stance because of support for al-Assad, but for Syria's stability. Citing the U.S. intervention in Libya, Putin said that the nation fell into chaos—which lead to Ambassador Christopher Stevens’s death there. Putin also said he feared that Assad and the rebels might shift power and not end the violence. In other odd news out of the country this week, Moscow passed a law banning U.S. adoption of Russian orphans.

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