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Kremlin Softens on Assad After Trump, Haley Get Tough

A day after President Trump and U.N. Ambassador Haley signaled a willingness to take action in Syria, Moscow softened its support for the Assad regime.

By NTK Staff | 04.06.2017 @12:57pm
Kremlin Softens on Assad After Trump, Haley Get Tough

A day after President Trump said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attack on his own people went “beyond a red line,” the Kremlin told the Associated Press that Russia’s support for Assad was “not unconditional.”

At a press conference with Jordanian King Abdullah II Wednesday, Trump said that the attack crossed “many, many lines.” Trump lamented the innocent civilians killed by the attack and indicated a change in his attitude toward the situation in Syria.

Meanwhile, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned the U.N. Security Council Wednesday that the United States may take unilateral action against the Assad regime. Haley held up photographs of the victims of the attack.

She also slammed Russia for its protection of the Assad regime, while criticizing the U.N. for its collective inaction.

Dmitry Peskov, President Putin’s spokesman, said Thursday that the Kremlin’s support for the Assad regime was “not unconditional,” a marked departure from their previous position.

Moscow had supported Assad since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, even after the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own people.

Russia committed military forces to the fight in 2015.

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