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Putin Still Wants Deal With Trump, Even After Sanctions, Syria Attack

  • Russian president orders officials to curb anti-U.S. rhetoric
  • Lawmakers pull draft law that would have penalized U.S. firms
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Putin Seeks to Dial Down U.S. Tension

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After U.S. sanctions crippled an entire Russian industry and air strikes in Syria threatened the first direct clash between nuclear superpowers since the Cold War, Vladimir Putin is seeking to dial down the tension.

Russia’s leader wants to give President Donald Trump another chance to make good on pledges to improve ties and avoid escalation, according to four people familiar with the matter. One said the Kremlin has ordered officials to curb their anti-U.S. rhetoric.