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EXCLUSIVE: Russian diplomat defends sending missiles to Assad

May 28th, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Russia’s Ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, confirms to CNN's Christiane Amanpour that his country will be sending S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria.

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  1. James Bond

    Russian dude nailed it hahahahaha
    Everyone knows US and Europe is doing the dirty job and this Russian dude clearly said what's going on...

    This is not Libya nor Iraq, this is Syria and Russia super power is behind them. so Syria won't go anywhere if opposition fight for 50+ years.

    May 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • MoneyPenny

      You're so right, James.

      May 29, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
  2. NewEraJihadi

    it will not matter if the civil war goes on for that long but believe me more and more Muslims are rising to fight this oppression. and this war will continue to involve other countries such as Lebanon as already been dragged with the worthless hezbollah.

    May 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  3. KEVIN

    I have to side with the Rooskies on their level headed and logical evaluation of the Syrian situation.

    May 29, 2013 at 3:14 am | Reply
  4. Leon

    I found it very outrageous the way that a well known news channel like the cnn is taking sides in a low level of professional demeanour. the end of the program was showing some pictures of the scale of destruction that Syria is going through, and never pointed out who did this destruction leaving it to the assumption that the government's forces did that. through out the episode Christiana was pointing out that what Russia is doing in Syria is wrong even though she was corrected many times during the interview. in fact the pictures that were shown at the end of the program are Free Syrian Army doings. suicide bombings and selling of history and burning the land behind to cover their crimes. that what caused the destruction in those pictures..... all media channels are corrupted and polluted, cnn and aljaseerah are sitting on the top of this pyramid.....

    May 29, 2013 at 3:14 am | Reply
    • TropicalStorm

      When someone takes sides in a conflict, that person is no longer a journalist, but a political campaigner. Amanpour is pushing for popularity ratings just like any cheap political hack, and will soon become obsolete as an objective analyst.
      May be old John McCain will choose her as his next running mate. John has a habit of picking up floozies with nice legs for such roles and Amanpour no doubt would fit in well.

      May 29, 2013 at 7:24 am | Reply
      • Leon

        liking the answer.....

        May 29, 2013 at 8:19 am |
    • nnamdi

      so i saying insinuating that RT is a better News Network?you must be living in another planet .Blind fool!

      May 31, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
  5. salino333

    I would answer to Leon's comment above that, what Christiane Amanpour said after her experience in Bosnia: You can't be neutral in times of destruction, civil war and war crimes. The most convincing position a journalist can take is, trying to show the extend of violence and position making of political leaders, who try to keep cool, to ignore violence and to defend (inacting) positions. It was well done that CNN and Christiane Amanpour managed to urge Bill Clinton to act in Bosnia and to free those women and children in the camps and stopp the violence. Somebody must decide what pictures and atmosphere is created and it is too easy if you don't contrast and provocate the viewers in their convinient arm-chairs, if journalists see with their open eyes the bloodshed and mass-killing!
    And: It is very difficult to stay neutral and stick to facts without questioning guilt and blaming responsible people. Our political leaders are jugded for the decisions they take. If people think, that just running into a third world war is something that easily should be done, a big risk is arising. On the other hand the crime must be stopped – or do people want to wait until there isn't any wall standing, no life left and Assad happily gone away with it? Political diplomacy and a world interest in peace must be torn out of the hands of demagogues and false democratic understanding in an ongoing sectarian conflict. People wouldn't kill each other in that way, if Assad was ruling his country as a nice guy. They hate him, there is rage and just the wish to kill on both sides. But why is the opposition acting so brutal as well, why is no hope, no organized opposition party with help from neigbouring countries. Why is a Plan B still lacking?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:30 am | Reply
    • Leon

      I am Syrian, and like many others longing to a real change and better future, but what is coming when Al-Assad is gone is not better, it is ten times worse.... as a reporter – a professional one- she should at least try and focus on at least passing a real picture of happenings. through out the interview with the Russian Ambassador to the UN she was trying to compare the s300 missiles to machine-guns and other killing tools. the Ambassador tried over and over to make her understand that they are not on the same level, but she refused. if she was professional enough she should have understood the deference and not try and push an opinion on an obviously a smart person. Anti -aircraft missiles can't be used to kill people on land unlike the deadly weapons that the EU and US have and still are providing to the FSA. Many cities are going out now on demonstrations rejecting the FSA and if that doesn't tell you anything; then there is no point of the whole discussion...

      May 29, 2013 at 5:48 am | Reply
      • TropicalStorm

        The West and its minions have been trying hard to incite Muslim on Muslim violence to continue unabated for as long as possible. The Syrian war is a gateway for a larger conflict where the 2 sides can be matched evenly and milked dry with weapons sales.
        Irrespective of all this Assad's regime has managed to win not only the ground fighting to survive each day, but is earning increasing support from people across the world. The longer this takes, the more evil and wrong the West and their Al Quida killers will look while the Russians become white knights in shining armor.

        May 29, 2013 at 7:19 am |
    • bobby

      please stop smoking pot.i think is hurting your brain badly..

      May 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  6. Rohan

    Jeez... Amanpour seems childish

    May 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  7. Beefburger

    Let all of the extremists kill off each other more quickly.

    May 30, 2013 at 3:23 am | Reply
  8. fince

    How come there Amanpour never mentioned the jihadists and al kaide fighters fighting on the side of the opposition. You would not want to even think about what a blood bath would follow if they ever captured rival towns or villages. You must have seen the videos where they routinely shoot their captives at point blank range, where they literally eat the hearts and livers of their killed victims

    May 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  9. Tai Chi Kabende

    Amanpour , you are an international investigative journalist but you seriously disrespected the Russian ambassador and it shows that you are biased in your assessment for the Syria conflict. Russia can not afford to standby while the USA and NATO destroy every country that align with Russia. Why is it ok for the countries you represent to bomb and arm the enemies of syria but it's taboo for Russia to so. You also suggest that what ever Israel says must be respected as it threatens it's national security , what about other nations . You missed it this time and please the world does not belong to the west and the middle east does not belong to Israel. Show respect to others when you interview them . Russia must defend the human race from western hangover and destruction .

    June 1, 2013 at 6:48 am | Reply
  10. salino333

    Ambassador V. Churkin made a bad impression while trying to defend the support for Assad. It was a great interview! Well done Christiane!

    June 1, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
  11. Benson

    Amanpour has crossed ethics

    June 1, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
  12. MikeC

    The longer I observe this crisis the more ashamed I am of the American position exemplified so virulently by Christian Amanpour. The Russians seem to be squarely on the right side of history.

    June 1, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
  13. RobMeofwords

    Amanpour you met your match ( Vitaly Churkin). Amanpour needs to understand that being an investigative journalist does not automatically qualify her as an international relations expert nor as someone with the know-how of the technicalities involved in diplomatic issues. What makes her recent interviews even more irritating and a wash-off is her shameless and unprofessional descent to side talking, argumentative and disrespectful way of interviewing her guests.

    You are not an American muppet are you? Be objective like a good journalist should be. The fact that your guests honored your invitation for an interview does not put you on the same level with them nor are they below you.

    June 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  14. HTTP403

    Apparently CNN edited the interview regarding Churkin's comments on the Syrian people's support for Assad. How shameful and brazen it is ...

    November 28, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
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