12 Apr

Vladimir Putin can’t be pleased at President Trump’s decision to launch a missile strike against Syria—but he may not be all that despondent or panicked about it, either. On a basic level, Putin’s Kremlin is hostile to anything that suggests regime change: everything is Milosevic and Yugoslovia, Saddam and Iraq, and Qaddafi and Libya all over again. No matter where they are fired, or against whom, U.S. cruise missiles always raise these dark associations in the minds of Russia’s political élite. That is certainly how they were portrayed Friday on Russian state media. The head of RT said, with purposeful sarcasm, that now that Trump had “bombed someone someplace over there,” he had earned the support of the American press and political élite. Putin’s spokesman, meanwhile, said that the strike violated international law and would deliver a “significant blow” to relations between Russia and the U.S.

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Posted by on April 12, 2017 in Middle East



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