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Putin warns West over Syria and Iran

Russian leader cautions against intervention, accuses US of supporting unrest

In this Feb. 24, 2012 imageanti-Syrian regime protesters hold a banner during a demonstration, in Kafranbel near Idlib, north Syria. (photo credit:AP/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)
In this Feb. 24, 2012 imageanti-Syrian regime protesters hold a banner during a demonstration, in Kafranbel near Idlib, north Syria. (photo credit:AP/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin has accused the United States and its Western allies of supporting the Arab Spring revolts in its own interests and strongly warned against a military intervention in Syria.

Putin said in an article published Monday in the Moscow News daily that the Western push for sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government was “cynical.” He insisted that both the government and opposition forces should pull out of cities to end bloodshed.

Putin defended a Russia-China veto of a U.N. resolution condemning Assad’s crackdown on protests, saying that Moscow wouldn’t allow the replay of what happened in Libya, where a NATO air campaign helped Libyans end Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.

He also warned strongly against any attack on Iran, saying its consequences would be “catastrophic.”

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