Western leaders rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in his battle to crush an uprising, setting the stage for what could be a tense two-day G8 summit.
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to use his first face-to-face meeting with Putin in a year to try to convince the Kremlin chief to bring Assad to the negotiating table to end the two-year-old conflict.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is chairing the G8 summit, acknowledged there was “a big difference” between the positions of Russia and the West on Syria.
After Putin warned Obama of the dangers of arming Assad’s foes who he claimed ate human body parts, Moscow said it would not permit no-fly zones to be imposed over Syria.
“I think we fundamentally will not allow this scenario,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Moscow.
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