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Putin says he wants concrete proof before deciding on Syria

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Putin said Russia may approve a military operation in Syria if Damascus is proven to have carried out chemical weapons attacks
Putin said Russia may approve a military operation in Syria if Damascus is proven to have carried out chemical weapons attacks Reuters/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has not ruled out support for a strike on Syria, but has warned the West against taking action without UN Security Council backing. In an interview with Associated Press and Russia's state television Channel 1, Putin said before making a decision, he would need concrete proof that Syrian President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons. Russia is hosting the G20 summit in Russia today. RFI spoke to Peter Topychkanov, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, who says Putin's comments are an about-turn from his previous rhetoric supporting Assad.

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