THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE [ACCORDING TO SNOPES] WAS NOT SPOKEN BY PUTIN, RATHER IT IS SOMEONE ELSE'S COMPILATION OF THINGS HEARD AND THEN ATTRIBUTED TO PUTIN.
THIS ARTICLE HOWEVER, IS SAID TO COME DIRECTLY FROM PUTIN. THIS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE N Y TIMES SEPT. 11, 2013
What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria
By VLADIMIR V. PUTIN
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
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. READ ARTICLE