Ns News Online Desk: Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin says that although geopolitical tensions around an “all the more chaotic world” are causing anxiety, he hopes that “common sense will prevail.”
Speaking to new ambassadors on Wednesday, Putin said: “The state of world affairs cannot but cause anxiety. The situation in the world is becoming all the more chaotic.” The Russian leader continued: “Nonetheless, we hope that common sense will prevail and international relations will go on a constructive course, that all the world’s systems will become more stable and predictable.”
Putin did not specify any particular conflicts in his remarks, which he made as the United States is threatening to attack Syria’s Russia-backed forces over a reported chemical weapons attack. The Kremlin said on Wednesday it would not take part in “Twitter diplomacy”, after US President Donald Trump tweeted that “missiles will be coming” to Syria.
“We do not take part in Twitter-diplomacy. We support serious approaches. As ever, we believe it is important not to take steps that could damage an already fragile situation,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments reported by news agencies. Trump tweeted that strikes could be expected in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria’s Douma, telling regime-backer Russia to “get ready”.
The message comes one day after Russia vetoed a US-drafted resolution at the UN Security Council to set up a panel to identify the perpetrators of Saturdays’ alleged toxic gas attacks. Russia has said its military specialists found no evidence of a chemical attack, and suggested that rebels staged or spread rumors of an attack to pin the blame on Damascus.