Former UN ambassador: Putin is 'up to something'
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Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTrump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump camp: China, Iran want president to lose because he's 'held them accountable' When will telling the truth in politics matter again? MORE pulled his military out of Syria for economic reasons, former U.N. ambassador Bill Richardson said during an interview with John Catsimatidis Sunday.


“I think he’s up to something again,” Richardson said. “It could be Syria is a big burden on Russia … The Russian economy is in trouble. I think he may feel overextended.”

Earlier this week Putin unexpectedly announced that Moscow’s objectives in the country had been “generally accomplished” and Russia would begin withdrawing from Syria.

But Richardson, the U.S. Ambassador to United Nations and Energy Secretary under the Clinton administration, questioned Putin’s intentions.

“Putin is up to something. I don’t know what it is. I don’t trust him. We shouldn’t trust him,” Richardson said. “I do think it’s an economic reason. The Russian economy is dependent a good part of it on oil prices. Maybe Putin is saying ‘I’m getting out of Syria because it’s a big financial burden, and I have to take care of my people in Russia because of oil prices doubling.’”