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CNN: Putin meets with Tillerson in Russia as Syria rift deepens
(CNN)US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, as a diplomatic rift between the two nations deepens over a chemical attack in Syria.
The meeting is taking place at the Kremlin along with Tillerson's counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the US State Department and Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed.
The talks come after Lavrov issued Tillerson a warning Wednesday against any further US strikes on the Syrian regime. Russia is Syria's most powerful ally.
The two top diplomats had sat down together earlier in the day to work through the fallout of last week's chemical attack in northwestern Syria, which plunged the old Cold War enemies to a new low.
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WNU Editor: So much for my contacts in Moscow telling me that Russian President Putin was not going to meet any U.S. official until he has met President Trump. So why the last minute meeting .... genuine worry in Moscow that this was going down a road that no one in Moscow is ready to go down right now. In short .... Trump called Putin's bluff sending Tillerson to Moscow, and Putin folded.
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