"An ally of Syrian leader Bashar Assad and the man who took in U.S. national security leaker Edward Snowden, Putin spent the days leading up to the arrival late this week of Obama in St. Petersburg for the G20 summit of world leaders taunting Obama and ridiculing his call for Congress to approve a military strike in Syria.
The Russian president, who Obama recently needled for acting like a “bored” schoolboy during their last one-on-one meeting, argued that an attack without the authorization of the U.N. Security Council — authorization of which he has thwarted at every turn — would amount to a violation of international law and could be seen as nothing more than “an act of aggression” on the part of the United States.
He then once again warned against any action without U.N. Security Council authorization.
The Examiner“In accordance with applicable international law, the authorization of the use of force against a sovereign state can only be given by the Security Council of the United Nations. Any other reasons, or methods, to justify the use of force against an independent and sovereign state are unacceptable and cannot be qualified as anything other than aggression.”