G20 divided by civil war in Syria
The current war in Syria fracture postures of powerful nations. The leaders of the European Union (EU) took part in the G20 summit in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, which concludes today. The ministers of Foreign Affairs and EU defense meet with Lithuania until tomorrow. Both scenarios have a common position, but until yesterday nothing concrete has been decided.
In Russia, the German Foreign Minister, Angela Merkel said, “I do not think we have reached a common position“. While Catherine Ashton, head of EU External Relations, carefully said in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania: “I carefully spoke with our colleagues and allies,” European group president, Herman Van Rompuy, who insisted openly about the UN cooperation, this bothered the France and deepened divisions.
U.S. President Barack Obama had requested congressional approval to launch an attack, which is facing a growing pressure in the G20 summit not to perform any military intervention.
Enrico Letta, the Italian government leader, announced via Twitter that the divisions over Syria were confirmed during dinner with the leaders of the G20.
Finally Russian President Vladimir Putin, also host of the G20, warned that any attack not approved by the UN will be considered as an aggression.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday in St. Petersburg that London has new evidence on the use of chemical weapons used on Wednesday August 21 in Damascus.