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Leonid Slutsky: “The repeatedly soothing US rhetoric diverged from subsequent actions”

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky:

“One good piece of news in President Trump’s appeal is that there will be no war. Trump was forced to “roll back”, if you will, returning the situation around Iran to the political plane. And this is the main positive moment for today.

This position of the American president can be associated both with protests within the United States, including from political opponents of Trump, and with the sharp reaction of the world community. Having ordered the barbarous liquidation of General Suleymani, the White House crossed the line. The situation in the region has escalated to the limit. Now Trump is trying to balance in order to avoid further escalation that could lead to a real explosion. Such a peculiar “release of steam.” Iran does not want war, the United States is also not ready to bring this to work.

But there is also healthy pessimism: we have repeatedly seen that the soothing rhetoric of the United States, whether it be the president or the State Department, unfortunately, was at odds with subsequent actions. I hope that this time Trump will remain true to his words.”

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