On September 11th of this year, Vladimir Putin sent an op-ed to the New York Times regarding Syria. In it, he urged the U.S to not take up the strategy of strategic strikes against the Assad regime. Citing the possibility of increased chaos, death, and damage that the strikes could inflict on Syria, Putin also brought up the recent history of U.S military action in the Middle East.

Usually the voice arguing with the U.S when it comes to geo politics, Russia has strategic energy interests within Syria. In addition, Syria’s close proximity to Russia means that Russia can not afford to have chaos/terrorism running rampant through the region. Because of this, Russia and China vetoed a motion within the U.N Security Council that would have allowed for strikes to take place.

And now, in his open plea to the American people, Putin calls for us to not rush to conclusions when it comes to the chemical attack and to be careful when using “American exceptionalism” as a right of passage to get involved in foreign conflicts.

“There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Some skeptics claim that Russian talks with the U.S are just stall tactics that will keep U.S direct involvement to a minimum.

When you get a chance, read the Putin op-ed and formulate your own opinion. Is it genuine? Is it fair? Is he right?