August 21, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - President Barack Obama is seeking world leaders' backing for a U.S.-led strike on Syria. But he's running into opposition from Russia, China and even the European Union, which has condemned a deadly chemical weapons attack in Bashar Assad's country but has declared it too soon for military action.
Obama's diplomatic wrangling on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit on Thursday is aimed in part at ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers back home in Washington as they debate authorizing a strike. The Senate Foreign Relations committee passed a resolution for action this week, but the measure's prospects in the full Senate and the House of Representatives are uncertain.
White House advisers say Obama is seeking "political and diplomatic" support from his G-20 counterparts, not necessarily military cooperation.
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