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Obama arrives in Russia for G20 summit

Updated: Thursday, September 12 2013, 03:32 PM CDT
RUSSIA   --   After meeting with the king and queen of Sweden, President Obama traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia.
   
There he promptly continued his push for global support of a U.S.-led strike against Syria.

The president is facing challenges both at home and abroad in finding that support.

It was a brief exchange - just fifteen seconds - but it may be the only time President Obama and Russian President Putin will interact during the G20
Summit.

Today it was handshakes and smiles - but underneath the pleasantries significant tensions.

President Putin has been very clear - he thinks a unilateral US attack on Syria would be an aggression.

But yesterday President Obama said he would continue to engage him.

I think that international action would be much more effective and ultimately we can end deaths much more rapidly if Russia takes a different approach to these problems.

Syria is not on the agenda at the  two day G20 Summit which is focused on the economy.
But a potential US military strike is looming large.

Today President Obama once again pushed for action.
The use of chemical weapons in Syria is not only a tragedy but also a violation of international law that must be addressed.

Yesterday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved the ball forward a small step by passing a resolution authorizing a strike.

But the White House still has considerable convincing to do.
ABC News is conducting an independent survey of where house and senate lawmakers stand.

And with so much uncertainty one thing is clear - the White House doesn't yet have the votes it needs for a strike authorization.

Lawmakers who are opposed make up a diverse, broad coalition.  Abeam loyalists on the left and impeach the president now conservatives on the right.

Tea party republicans and African American democrats.
Senior Abeam aides tell ABC News that their belief is if congress doesn't authorize a strike.The president will not go forward.
Obama arrives in Russia for G20 summit


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The Syrian civil war, (also known as the Syrian uprising or Syrian crisis) is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Ba'ath government and those seeking to oust it. A part of the larger Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring, the conflict began March 15th, 2011 with local demonstrations that grew in scope to become nationwide by April 2011.

Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of Ba'ath Party rule, which began in 1963.

The Syrian Army was deployed in April of 2011 to stop the uprising, and soldiers fired on demonstrators across the country. After months of cities and neighborhoods being cut-off by the Army the protests evolved into an armed rebellion.

The Arab League, United States, European Union, and other countries condemned the use of violence against the protesters. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership as a result of the government's response to the crisis, but granted the Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of Syrian political opposition groups, Syria's seat on 6 March 2013.

According to the UN, about 4 million Syrians have been displaced within the country and 2 million have fled to other countries.

Syrian government supporters include Russia and Iran, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing material and weapons to the rebels.


 

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