US-Russia ties fray with Syria and Putin’s return to power

United Nations monitors are investigating another alleged massacre in the town of Haffeh, where President Basharal-Asad prevented them from entering Tuesday.  US officials say Russian-made weapons are killing civilians “hourly” although it backtracked from an earlier statement by Hillary Clinton that Russian helicopters were being used.  Vladimir Putin’s return to power and the Syrian massacres are straining ties between the United States and Russia.


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