Russian President Putin says he wants to speak directly to the American people, so he wrote an op-ed published late Wednesday evening on the New York Times website. In the editorial, Putin says an Amreican military strike on Syria, "could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance."
Putin does not dispute the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but he does disagree with who used them. "There is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons," Putin writes. Putin says his working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by "growing trust." However, Putin takes issue with President Obama's argument about American exceptionalism. Putin closes the op-ed by writing, "There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal."