U.S. military intervention in Syria would result in "more innocent victims" and an escalation of tensions, Russia's President Vladimir Putin wrote in the New York Times Wednesday.
"A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa," Putin said in the opinion piece.
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"It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance," he added.
U.S. President Barack Obama, in an address to the nation late Tuesday, pressed for support for military strikes against Syria for the use of chemical weapons if diplomacy failed.