Russia says Trump better partner for Syria deal than Obama

Published: December 23, 2016
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Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov. PHOTO: REUTERS

Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov. PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russia is not in touch with the incoming U.S. administration over Syria, but Moscow sees Donald Trump as a better partner to negotiate with than Barack Obama, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday.

Putin says ‘clever’ Trump will soon grasp weighty role

The Interfax news agency quoted Gatilov as saying that Trump
had never linked the resolution of the Syrian crisis to the
removal of President Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by
Moscow.

“As we understand it, that means he has more room for
manoeuvre than the outgoing administration of Obama,” Gatilov
was quoted as saying.

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