Putin vows to help Syrian regime in case of US attack

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Russian military support for the Assad regime has long been a main bone of contention between the two leaders. Then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE last year accused Russia of making the conflict much worse by shipping attack helicopters to Assad's forces, and this week Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelPentagon documents hundreds of serious misconduct cases against top brass Obama defense sec: Trump's treatment of Gold Star families 'sickens' me The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE made waves when he said Syria relied on Russian technology for its chemical weapons program.

Russian obstruction at the United Nations Security Council has also infuriated the administration. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha PowerSamantha PowerBharara, Yates top Twitter list of most followed new political accounts US to vote against UN resolution condemning Cuba embargo Former AG Lynch to meet with House, Senate Russia investigators MORE, on Thursday said Russia was holding the world body “hostage” and that the United States would act alone to preserve U.N. values.

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