UK Foreign Minister Complains About Putin’s Poker Face

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

2nd February, 2016


The head of the British Foreign Ministry Philip Hammond complained that Putin is “absolutely impenetrable”.

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“Watching Putin as Defense Minister and now as Foreign Minister, I realized that no matter how long you watch, you will not be able to see anything – completely impermeable. We have no idea what the Kremlin’s strategy is. We don’t know,” said Hammond.

Hammond also said that it is difficult to discern whether the position of the Kremlin changed to support Assad, “because it is impossible to read Putin.”

In Syria, since March 2011, armed conflict continues, which, according to the UN, has killed more than 220 thousand people. Government troops confront militants from various armed groups, the most active of the terrorist groups being “Islamic State” and “Jabhat al-Nusra” (banned in Russia and several other countries). From September 30th, Russia, at the request of Assad, has conducted airstrikes on the objects of both groups.

The U.S seeks the resignation of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and therefore opposes any decision to provide any help. For its part, Russia has repeatedly called for “an international coalition” to cooperate with the Syrian authorities under the auspices of the UN Security Council to combat ISIS. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow has never concealed their mission and will  continue to provide military support for the leadership of the Syria to combat terrorism in accordance with existing contracts and international law.

[O.R: Phillip Hammond’s comedy sketch continues in this Guardian piece. He claims that Russia is ‘helping ISIS’ and ‘hindering the West’s efforts’. What an irrelevant clown!]

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