MOSCOW - JULY 7: President Barack Obama talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at his dacha on July 07, 2009 in Moscow. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
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Syria strike: Russian President Vladimir Putin urges US to hold off on strike

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging President Barack Obama not to rush into any decision on striking Syria, but to consider whether strikes would help end the violence and be worth the likely civilian casualties.

Saturday's statements were the first from Putin since the suspected chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21.

Putin advised Obama to reflect on the results of U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq before deciding to unleash air strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

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