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    Putin Writes NY Times Op-Ed

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference after the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in the Kremlin in Moscow, Monday, July 1, 2013. Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, something he says Snowden doesn't want to do. Putin, speaking at a news conference Monday, insisted that Snowden isn't a Russian agent and that Russian security agencies haven't contacted him. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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    Vladimir Putin: bear wrestler, politician ... scribe? In a wordy editorial for The New York Times, titled “A Plea for Caution From Russia,” President Putin writes that a strike against Syria “will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders.” If the United Nations Security Council does not approve of such force, he says, it would be classified as “an act of aggression.” Putin also claims it's possible the chemical warfare was used by opposition forces to incite international intervention and bashes the United States’ reliance on “brute force.”

    Read it at The New York Times