Donald Trump in Syracuse, New York, April 16, 2016; Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, April 14, 2016. Carlo Allegri/Reuters; Maxim Shemetov/Reuters
Bloomberg: Russia Bashes Trump as Syria Gas Attack Hits Detente Hopes
* Putin spokesman criticizes U.S. for ‘hasty’ blaming of Assad
* Russia, U.S. also in conflict over Ukraine, Afghanistan, Libya
Russia accused President Donald Trump of rushing to judgement after an apparent poison-gas attack in Syria prompted the harshest U.S. criticism of the Kremlin under the new administration, further denting hopes of a breakthrough in relations.
“We would welcome a more considered approach,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on a conference call Thursday. “This is a dangerous and heinous crime but it’s hasty to put labels on it.”
The U.S. blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the attack in the northwestern province of Idlib that killed more than 70 people, and criticized Russia for backing Assad in pointing the finger at rebels opposed to his rule. Trump said the “heinous actions by the Assad regime” had changed his thinking on the civil war and went “beyond red lines.”
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WNU Editor: Syria was one of the few issues where the U.S. and Russia were in agreement on .... i.e. defeating the Islamic State. But in view of what has happened .... and the ongoing investigation on Russian meddling in the U.S. Presidential election .... it is now politically impossible for President Trump to open any serious discussion with Russian President Putin to lessen tensions.