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A Plea for Caution From Russia

What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

Published: September 11, 2013 4082 Comments

MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.

Oliver Munday

Interactive Feature: Reader Reactions to Putin’s Letter

Readers responded to multiple aspects of an Op-Ed by Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, published by The New York Times on Wednesday, Sept. 11.


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Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

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