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Putin slams U.S. on Syria

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed Washington for refusing to share intelligence with Russia on Syria, accusing it of muddled thinking.

“I believe some of our partners simply have mush for brains,” Mr. Putin said, expressing some of his strongest criticism yet of Washington’s handling of the Syrian crisis.

Late last month Moscow launched a bombing campaign in Syria, saying it needed to target Islamic State jihadists before they cross into Russia, which has a large Muslim population.

But Washington and its allies slammed Russia’s intervention in the conflict, saying Moscow was also targeting Western-backed moderate rebels and sought to prop up the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

“Now, we often hear that our pilots are striking the wrong targets, not IS,” Mr. Putin said at an investment forum in Moscow explaining that Russia had asked Washington to provide a list of targets.

But Washington declined.

“‘No, we are not ready for this’ was the answer,” Mr. Putin quoted them as saying.

He also took issue with a decision by a US-led coalition to parachute in ammunition to rebels in Syria, saying the weapons could end up in the wrong hands.

Embassy shelled

Meanwhile, Syrian insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in Damascus on Tuesday as hundreds of pro-government supporters gathered outside the compound to thank Moscow for its military intervention.

An AP reporter was outside the embassy when the first shell slammed into the compound in central Damascus and smoke billowed from inside. As people started running away, another shell hit the area. No one was harmed in the shelling.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov condemned the attack, saying “this is obviously a terrorist act intended to, probably, frighten supporters of the war against terror.”


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