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Rex Tillerson Meets With Vladimir Putin

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Contrary to previous expectations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson managed to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Moscow today.

Indications from earlier today suggested that Tillerson was only scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. However, multiple sources have now confirmed that Tillerson met with Putin, even as political tensions continue to rise between Russia and America.

Tillerson was known to have close ties with Russia in the past, though Putin has expressed anger towards the U.S. over the airstrike launched against Syria last week. Both Tillerson and President Trump have implored Putin to drop his relationship with Bashar al-Assad, though Russian media has been circulating a statement from the Russian president about how relations with America have gotten worse under Trump.

It can be said that the level of trust at the working level, especially at the military level, has not become better but most likely has degraded.

Tillerson will soon hold a press conference with Lavrov, where it is highly likely that the contents of the Putin meeting shall be discussed.

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