USA/USSR2 Files: Putin phones Trump on Nov. 14 to reiterate congrats on “historic election victory,” Trump transition team statement: “The two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia [i.e., Syria], strategic economic issues . . .”; Kremlin statement describes Trump-Putin exchange as “constructive,” but denies Ukraine, Crimea discussed; hours later, Russian naval task force off Syrian coast launches major offensive against ISIS, Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, warplanes based on Russia’s sole aircraft carrier pummel rebel positions SW of Aleppo, Syrian air force renews barrel bomb attacks on city itself; Russian frigate launches long-range cruise missiles at targets in N. Idlib; US State Dept.: “We strongly condemn the resumption of airstrikes in Syria by the Russians,” while Sen. McCain denounces Putin for “rejoining Bashar Assad in his barbaric war against the Syrian people”; under Putin directive, Russia also withdraws from International Criminal Court, Russian FM insists ICC “failed to meet the expectations to become a truly independent, authoritative international tribunal,” Russia signed ICC’s Rome Treaty in 2000, but never ratified same

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Chat up the US president-elect. Pound Syria. Withdraw from ICC. Putin’s testing the waters around the incoming Trump Admin. This is only the beginning. Expect more provocations from the Moscow Leninists.

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