Nation writer Stephen F. Cohen went on CNN Saturday to discuss how Russian President Vladimir V. Putin "has given President Obama the chance to be an international statesman." He said Obama should so-operate with the Russians on disarming Syrian chemical weapons, and that Russian and US national interests in the Middle East are aligned. He said Russian leaders were worried about terrorism spreading among their own population off the back of unrest in Syria. "[Russia] fears, and reasonably, that the spreading chaos in the Middle East—the jihadism, the terrorism—will spread back into Russia," He said. "This is very much in Russia's national interest"