The clocking is ticking for the Russian leader. While he is widely accused of trying elect Donald Trump, polls show his nemesis, Hillary Clinton is the likely winner.
Putin is accused of spying on the U.S. Democratic party, as well as on some European nations.
Even after he was first accused of the U.S. attacks months ago, President Barrack Obama took no public action. He had less than six months to go in his presidency.
Democrats accused him of seeking to help Trump. The Republican, who regularly denies things he has said on television, had praised Trump. He even urged Putin to break into Clinton’s email.
“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the Republican nominee said at a news conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Politico reported.
In the background the Russian leader had fought with the Ukraine, seizing Crimea. His jets joined the Syrian dictator’s warplanes in bombing Alleppo and killing thousands.
Putin called off a trip to Paris this week after being strongly critized by the French president for the deaths in Syria.
The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, accused Russia of war crimes and said it was in danger of becoming a “pariah nation.”
He said the “West's decision not to intervene against President Bashar Assad in 2013 was “a mistake” that “left the space open for the Russians.”
Obama had asked for Congressional support three years ago when chemical weapons were used by Assad regime. The Republican-controlled group refused.
On Friday, Obama threatened action, but only for the hacking.
“The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
“Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership.”
In this was a TV show, like “Madame Secretary,” all the lights would be turned off in Moscow.
Putin has denied involvement in either the hacking or the Syria bombing. Yet on Saturday it was announced talks between the U.S. and Syria would resume.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had halted the talks when the barrel bombing of Alleppo increased.
There is one thing both parties in the U.S. agree on. Hillary Clinton will likely be more likely to confront Putin. Some call her a warmonger.