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As the President arrives in Russia, he is juggling international and domestic reactions to his military plans for Syria.   ABC's Tahman Bradley has the latest from Washington.

President Obama and world leaders gather in Russia today for the G-20 economic summit.  Syria is not officially on the agenda, but it is expected to dominate discussions.  Mr. Obama accuses the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons against its own people, and is urging a strong international response.

"My credibility's not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line," said President Obama.

The crisis in Syria has President Obama facing off against Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Putin, who backs the Assad regime, says the U.S. is lying about Syria's use of chemical weapons.  And in a rare interview with western media, Putin warned Mr. Obama not to take military action in Syria without U.N. authorization.

"Only the UN Security Council could sanction the use of force against a sovereign state," said Putin.

Although Presidents Obama and Putin have no plans for a formal meeting, it's likely they'll exchange a few words.

"I'm always hopeful and I will continue to engage him because I think that international action would be more effective," said Obama.

Back in Washington, a small but significant victory for Mr. Obama. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution that would give the President the authority to strike Syria. But it's not clear the measure can pass the full Senate or House.

"I see a horrible tragedy. But I don't see that our involvement will lessen the tragedy," said Senator Rand Paul, R-KY.

The full Congress could vote on military action against Syria next week.  President Putin says it's too early to talk about what Russia will do if the U.S. strikes Syria.

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