In an effort to protect Syrian civilians, a plan to establish four buffer zones in the region was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. “We spoke about this with Mr. Trump,” said Putin, adding that his phone conversation with President Trump was productive. “As far as I understood, the American administration supports these ideas.”
In the past, Trump has lobbied for the creation of such safe zones, which would reportedly be patrolled by troops from Russia, Turkey, and Iran.
The relationship between Washington and Moscow has been frosty since the Syrian gas attack and subsequent U.S.-led airstrikes on the Syrian airfield that apparently launched those attacks. Russia disagreed with Trump’s decision strike back at Syria, calling the bombing an act of aggression.
Despite Putin and Trump’s steadfast denial, U.S. intelligence agencies now say they have definitive evidence that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic email accounts, and that the purpose was to get Donald Trump elected instead of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Putin met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday in what has been described as a tense encounter, as Merkel recalled two recent incidents of misleading information which could amount to “foreign meddling” in Germany’s upcoming election.
Promising to take “decisive measures” against such actions, Merkel noted that it is common knowledge that “hybrid warfare plays a role in Russia’s military doctrine.”
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