US slams Assad's 'red-carpet' welcome in Moscow

A Syrian man carries a bicycle amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2015The White House issued a scathing attack on Russia’s “red carpet” welcome for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, accusing Moscow of impeding progress towards a political transition by propping up the strongman. Assad met Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday and thanked his Russian counterpart for launching airstrikes against his opponents in Syria, with both leaders also agreeing during talks that political steps must follow military operations.

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