MOSCOW Oct 12 Russian President Vladimir Putin
on Wednesday accused France of deliberately luring Moscow into
vetoing a United Nations resolution on Syria, and questioned
whether Paris was doing the bidding of the United States.
Putin said France had proposed the resolution at the U.N.
Security Council without consulting Moscow and knowing that
Russia would be obliged to use its veto because, he said, the
resolution laid all the blame for the violence on Damascus.
Speaking at a business forum in Moscow, Putin said he valued
his relations with France. But he asked if it was becoming of
such a major power as France to be doing the bidding of the
Obama administration on Syria.
(Reporting by Katya Golubkova and Alexander Winning; Writing by
Christian Lowe; Editing by Andrew Osborn)