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Russia Tells Trump ‘Enough Talk,’ Time to Team Up in Syria Fight

  • Shoigu, Mattis should meet soon, Russian defense official says
  • U.S. defense spending hike doesn’t threaten Russia, Fomin says
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The Syrian Catastrophe Explained

More than a month into the new U.S. administration, Russia’s getting impatient for President Donald Trump to make good on his promise to mount a joint fight against Islamic State, according to a senior defense official.

“Enough talk about it,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said, referring to prospects of cooperation with the U.S. in Syria. Russian and U.S. defense officials at airbases in the Middle East “are exchanging information and this could be extended” to allow for joint operations, though no “there’ve been no concrete steps so far,” Fomin said in an interview in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Tuesday.