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Tillerson Just Held Private Meeting With Putin After Ditching His Press Pool

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Tillerson Just Held Private Meeting With Putin After Ditching His Press Pool

Donald Trump’s Secretary Rex Tillerson had an unscheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. According to reporters Tillerson abandoned his press pool to meet up with putin.

Earlier this week, Russian officials said that Tillerson would not be meeting with Putin during his first official visit to Russia, but that wasn’t the case Wednesday.

The meeting between the top U.S. diplomat and the Russian President comes in the middle of a growing tension between the two countries, both of which have different views on the ongoing conflict in Syria.

According to a senior U.S. official, Russia might have known about the chemical attacks that took place in Syria prior to them happening. The official stated that the presence of a Russian drone over the hospital where victims were being treated following the attack was not a coincidence.

That same hospital was bomb just hours later by a plane made by Russia.

“We don’t have positive accountability yet, but the fact that somebody would strike the hospital potentially to hide the evidence of a chemical attack, about five hours after, is a question that we’re very interested in,” a senior official said during a background briefing on Friday.

The U.S., however, has urged Russia to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad who is believed to be behind the chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians last week.

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