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After U.S. Strikes On Syria, The Gloves Come Off In Moscow

Russia had been giving President Trump the soft touch. But following the U.S. missile strike on Syria, hopes for friendlier relations are fizzling and the Kremlin's rhetorical cease-fire is over.

The Kremlin's rhetorical cease-fire is officially over.

Following Donald Trump's inauguration, the Russian government and its loyal media gave the new American president the soft touch. But following the U.S. missile strike on Syria, the gloves have come off in Moscow, as hopes for friendlier relations fizzle.

When Rex Tillerson makes his first trip to Russia as secretary of state next week, he can no longer expect a warm welcome. Instead, he will be faced with well-rehearsed accusations of American hypocrisy and double standards.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the U.S. attack as "an act of aggression

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