Praising Putin on Syria Like Lauding Ex-Wife-Beater, U.K. Says

  • Foreign secretary slams Russian intervention in Parliament
  • Civilians bombed, hospitals and schools hit, Hammond says

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

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U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond attacked President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s intervention in Syria even as he began to pull his troops out of the Middle Eastern country, saying that welcoming the withdrawal would be like lauding a husband who’d given up abusing his spouse.

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