FILE: Sept. 5, 2013: President Obama shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.AP
The tepid international support during the Group of 20 meetings for the United States' proposed military strike on Syria appears to have emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin, who vowed continued support of Syria.
Putin said Russia will continue to supply weapons and humanitarian aid to Syria should the United States launch a punitive strike against the Middle East country for a deadly chemical weapon attack that killed more than 1,400 people.
In the statement, the European Union agreed that the Aug. 21 chemical attack outside Damascus appears to have been the work of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but also said any potential military attack against it should wait for a U.N. inspectors' report, according to The Wall Street Journal.
"Will we continue to help Syria? We will," said Putin after a 20-minute meeting Friday with President Obama at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. "We're helping them now. We are supplying arms, cooperating in the economic sphere."
On Saturday, European foreign ministers endorsed a message that appears more strongly worded -- calling for a "clear and strong response" to a chemical weapons attack that strongly points to the Syrian government. But they also urged the U.S. to delay possible military action until U.N. inspectors report their findings.
The agreement was reached during a meeting in Lithuania of the European Union.
Secretary of State John Kerry, trying to make the Obama administration's case for a strike, thanked the countries for a "strong statement about the need for accountability.
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