President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a statement concerning Syria today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced via Twitter a short while ago.
“The President will deliver a statement on Syria at 1:15 pm today in the Rose Garden today,” Carney’s tweet read.
More than 1,400 people have been killed in a chemical weapons attack, U.S. officials have said.
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The President will deliver a statement on Syria at 1:15 pm today in the Rose Garden today.
â€” Jay Carney (EOP) (@PressSec) August 31, 2013
The president’s statement on Syria comes a day after Secretary of State John Kerry alleged that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime planned the attacks and that the Obama administration knows that “rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and went only to opposition-controlled or contested neighborhoods.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the U.S.’ claims, saying its “utter nonsense” for al-Assad’s troop to take such actions as it is already winning the war.
“That is why I am convinced that [the chemical attack] is nothing more than a provocation by those who want to drag other countries into the Syrian conflict, and who want to win the support of powerful members of the international arena, especially the United States,” Putin said, according to the UK Guardian.