Putin’s comments on Sunday come as the world’s leaders meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“President Obama basically has cut Putin off since Putin annexed Ukraine, and also Putin hasn’t been to the UN General Assembly for the last 10 years” she told Newstalk Breakfast. She said the meeting between the two leaders scheduled for Monday is not an indication the US strategy of isolating Putin has failed.
Critics have urged Obama to be more decisive in the Middle East and Syria, where the United Nations has said 250,000 people have died after four years of conflict, and say lack of a clear American policy has given Islamic State opportunities to expand.
The centre he said was a basis for coordinated cooperation against the group.
Vladimir Putin is up to something in Syria-and the Obama can’t seem to figure it out, according to a recent article in Politico.
The conflict in Syria, which began in 2011 after a brutal crackdown on demonstrations against the Assad regime, has spiralled into a multi-sided war involving the government, mainly Islamist rebels, Islamic State and the Kurds.
All eyes this week will be on Obama’s face-off with Putin, who suggested that Washington’s support for “moderate” Sunni rebels in Syria was illegal and a source of much of the violence.
“We are just at the beginning of trying to understand what the Russians intentions are in Syria, in Iraq and try to see if there are mutually beneficial ways forward here”, a senior United States official said on condition of anonymity.
“And it’s my deep belief that any actions to the contrary in order to destroy the legitimate government will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region”, Putin added, pointing to ongoing lawlessness in Libya.
In an interview with USA networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved global support as he was fighting terrorist organizations.
“We should finally acknowledge that no one but President Assad’s armed forces and (Kurdish) militia are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria,” he said.
However, unnamed government officials had been quoted as saying that London believes Assad would not necessarily have to go immediately as part of any peace deal for Syria.
Although the Islamic State may be may be a common enemy of the US, Russian Federation and Iran, the three disagree over the future of Mr. Assad in Syria.
Washington and its allies refuse to put boots on the ground in Syria but Moscow already has a powerful military detachment on a Syrian airbase in government-held territory, equipped with warplanes and tanks.