Russian President Vladimir Putin has been singled out for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, with claims that he is more deserving of the award than US President Barack Obama.
The International Academy of Spiritual Unity of the Peoples of the World announced Tuesday that it had written to the Nobel Prize committee, backing Putin for his plan that helped avert a “new world war.”
The patriotic Russian group said Putin deserves the award for his efforts in brokering an agreement for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons under international control.
Ruling party lawmaker and famous singer Iosif Kobzon also added that Putin was more deserving of the Nobel Prize than Obama.
“Our president, who is trying to stop the war and suggest a political solution, is more worthy of such a title,” said Kobzon, adding that Obama is “the person who initiated and approved such aggressive acts as Iraq and Afghanistan and who is preparing for intervention in Syria.”
In August, Putin called for Obama to remember his Nobel status and not initiate a military intervention in Syria to avoid casualties.
A number of Western countries, including the United States, France, and the UK, were quick to engage in a major publicity campaign to promote war against Syria despite the fact that Damascus categorically rejected the claim that it has been behind a chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.
Putin also expressed surprise at a vote in the British parliament that rejected London’s role in a potential war on Syria.
The Russian president also condemned the West for its interventionism and the adoption of "missile-bomb democracy" in solving international disputes, saying he will not allow a 2011 Libya-like scenario to be repeated for Syria.
Putin pointed out that the West's influence was waning around the word due to the economic meltdown.
The Nobel Peace Prize was created by the efforts of the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel in 1901, and is awarded annually to the person or group that has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."