Bloomberg: Putin Says Russia and U.S. Close to Breakthrough Deal on Syria
* Two sides ‘gradually heading in right direction,’ Putin says
* ‘Key problem’ remains ties between Syria rebels, extremists
Vladimir Putin said Russia and the U.S. are close to striking a deal on fighting terrorists in Syria, potentially a major step toward ending a civil war that’s flooded Europe with refugees and helped give rise to Islamic State.
“We’re gradually, gradually heading in the right direction,” the Russian president said in an interview Thursday in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. “I don’t rule out that we’ll be able to agree on something in the near future and present our agreements to the international community.”
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WNU Editor: This is happening over the objections of the Pentagon .... US, Russia talk Syria, but Pentagon ready to walk (Stars and Stripes).
More News On Reports That The U.S. And Russia Are Near Agreement On Syria
U.S., Russia near groundbreaking deal on Syria -- CBS
U.S., Russia said nearing deal on Aleppo truce, aid access -- Reuters
Putin says Russia, US close to Syria breakthrough -- Stars and Stripes/Bloomberg
US-Russia Set to Complete a Major Military Alliance Agreement in Syria -- Sputnik