Plenty of time for Putin to get Trump up to speed on the history of US Russia relations, including the Wolfowitz Doctrine. But the most interesting thing today is the way the meeting was reported by the US and Russian television channels: according to RT, the cease-fire in south-western Syria will be monitored by the Russians, with the cooperation of Jordan (Syria’s neighbor in that area) and the US. MSNBC, however, only reported that there would be a cease fire….
Also on MSNBC, there were two statements by Rex Tillerson on the meeting: the first was quite moderate, the second much less so, almost as if someone had taken him aside and told him he was sounding too positive.
Martin Jay commented on RT that Israel was probably behind the cease-fire agreement, the area in question being close to the Golan Heights.
Outside Moscow's Scheremetevo Airport at midnight. Photo by Deena Stryker