U.S. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter sit down to a meeting of the National Security Council at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Politico: Obama: No, I don’t trust Putin
President Barack Obama said Thursday that he doesn’t trust Russian leader Vladimir Putin to help lessen the violence in Syria.
Obama, speaking at a news conference at the Pentagon, had some harsh words for his Russian counterpart and warned that he is expecting Russia to cooperate in de-escalating violence or else Moscow would prove to be an “irresponsible actor” that is “supporting a murderous regime.”
“I’m not confident that we can trust the Russians or Vladimir Putin, which is why we have to have to test whether or not we can get an actual cessation of hostilities that includes an end to the kinds of aerial bombing and civilian death and destruction that we have seen carried out by the Assad regime,” Obama said.
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Update: Obama Questions Russian Commitment to Peace in Syria (AP)
WNU Editor: Strange .... Russian President Putin says the same thing about President Obama.