The same holds for all countries. International law prohibits nations from interfering in the internal affairs of other states, except in self-defense if attacked.
Syria threatens no one. Crisis conditions there should be resolved constitutionally .
"No one is entitled to decide for other nations who will be brought to power and who will be removed," Putin stressed.
"A change of power, if it occurs -- and it could only occur by constitutional means - should result in peace and stop the bloodshed."
"In order to achieve that goal, we need to work well, to make all parties to the armed conflict stop the bloodshed, sit down to the negotiating table and agree on how they will jointly live in a common country and how the interests and security of people involved in the conflict will be ensured."
"This should be done beforehand, and not like in some North African countries, where bloodsheds continue despite regime changes."
Rebukes follow these type comments. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN envoy Susan Rice repeat spurious accusations. Media scoundrels regurgitate them. No holds barred propaganda war is waged. Truth and full disclosure don't have a chance.
"Punish the Russian abusers," headlined a Washington Post editorial.
Obama's "hopes of forging a partnership with (Putin) appear to be fading fast."