Speaking on AirTalk, Carnegie’s Andrew Weiss explained that there are two important issues tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed: the political tensions surrounding a possible United States intervention in Syria, and the rhetoric and timing of the op-ed. Weiss explained that there is now a real political discussion underway about international control over Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, a major step that could possibly deter Syria from using these weapons again and prevent a U.S. intervention. Weiss also emphasized that Putin’s op-ed makes few new points, instead presenting old ones in an “in-your-face tone” that shocked some readers.

This interview was originally aired on AirTalk.