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Syria divisions deliver a fractious G20 summit in St Petersburg

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Syria divisions deliver a fractious G20 summit in St Petersburg


Divisions over Syria top the menu at a fractious G20 summit in St Petersburg.

A spokesperson for the Russian presidency said any US attack on Syria was “another nail in the coffin of international law”, while the United States slammed Russia for holding the United Nation’s Security Council hostage over Syria.

As the bickering continued it was being reported that President Putin’s official spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, had said Britain was “just a small island”. He is also said to have joked about how Russian oligarchs are buying up London.

James Franey, euronews correspondent at the gathering in St Petersberg, said the summit is clearly split: “Barack Obama failed to win over the G20 doubters with his case for military intervention in Syria. He told leaders this is not about US credibility, but that of the UN Security Council itself and its ability to tackle the threat of chemical weapons.”

For the moment those who are against military intervention in the Syrian conflict appear to be gaining the upper hand.

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