FLASHBACK: Putin Warns U.S. Not to Use Military Force in Syria

By Penny Starr | March 3, 2014 | 6:17 PM EST

Troops in unmarked uniforms stand guard as they take control the Coast Guard offices in Balaklava on the outskirts of Sevastopol, Ukraine. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – As the Russian military are poised to launch a military operation in Ukraine, Putin’s Sept. 11, 2013 op-ed in The New York Times on the possible U.S.  military intervention in Syria are words that could come back to haunt him.

“We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos,” Putin wrote. “The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not.

“Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council,” Putin wrote. “Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.”

Putin also wrote that it could create more “innocent victims” and throw the “system of international law and order out of balance.”

“The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders,” Putin wrote. “A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.

“It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa,” Putin wrote. “It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.”

In the March 3 online edition of the Kyiv Post, the headline reads: “Russian military issues ultimatum to Ukraine: Surrender by 5 a.m. on March 4 or face attack.”

“According to EuroMaidanPR, the official information service of the revolution that toppled Viktor Yanukovych as Ukraine's president on Feb. 22, Russian troops movements have been spotted about 10 kilometers from Ukraine's northern border in Chernihiv Oblast. Officials said tanks were seen,” the Post stated. “The sightings came a day after interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov later informed that a no-fly zone over the country had been initiated for military aircraft.

“On March 3, the State Border Service of Ukraine announced that Russian forces were accumulating forces, including artillery and armored carriers, along the country’s eastern borders along the Donbas regions of Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv,” the article stated. “Russian border services have also closed the border for Russian citizens traveling into Donetsk, while the governor of neighboring Rostov-on-Don ordered the set up of the refugee camps, according to the EuroMaidanPR's Facebook page.”