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Cameron Says Putin is 'Miles Away' from the Truth in Syria

September 6, 2013

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the G20 will not reach agreement on Syria, since Russian President Vladimir Putin is "miles away" from the truth over the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons.

"The Russian position that, as Putin has said, if it is proved it is Assad he will take a different view but he is fairly clear that it is the opposition, is miles away from what I think the truth is and miles away from what lots of us believe," he said before the start of the second day of G20 talks in St Petersburg.

After holding talks with Putin early Friday, Cameron said: "He says to me that he would like to see further evidence of regime culpability and we will go on providing evidence of regime culpability, as will the Americans and others, but I think it will take a lot to change his mind."

"This G20 was never going to reach conclusions on Syria," Cameron added. "The divisions are too great."

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Source: Copyright Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Engl 2013

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