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 Rodham ClintonTrump’s foreign policy of more is about money Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Democrats must have a better response on net neutrality than simply 'no' 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 HagelChuck HagelLobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? Senators tear into Marines on nude photo scandal 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 PowerObama's UN envoy apologizes for not recognizing Armenian mass killings as genocide New US approach to Syria a welcome sight to many in region Trump’s response to Syrian bloodshed lifts the stain of American inaction 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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