Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria's Deir Ezzor, says Putin

Arturo Kim
October 21, 2018

US officials said Thursday that while there was an attack on the camp, the rest of the Russian president's claims, which echoed reporting by Russia's TASS news agency, were unsubstantiated.

Putin said he still hopes U.S. President Donald Trump will be able to improve the ties between their countries.

Regarding the armed opposition groups fighting the Syrian government, he said all states with influence over such groups must encourage them to lay down arms and join the political process.

Russia, for its part, has repeatedly denied the USA accusations, and also has alleged that some elements of the US missile-defense systems in Europe are in violation of the agreement.

It banned nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 500 to 1,000km, as well as their launchers.

Putin said SIS leaders had made demands but didn't say what they were.

"We´re the ones who have stayed in the agreement and we´ve honored the agreement, but Russian Federation has not unfortunately honored the agreement, so we´re going to terminate the agreement and we´re going to pull out", Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada.

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He said in a tweet on October 19 that he will start his visit meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.

The Kremlin has denied any election interference or role in the nerve attack.

Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Thursday, Putin said the hostages included several U.S. and European nationals, adding that IS was expanding its control in territory on the left bank of the River Euphrates controlled by United States and US-backed forces.

Trump's invitation to Putin to visit Washington still stood, the official said.

On Saturday (local time) National Security Adviser John Bolton was heading to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

No new summit between Trump and Putin has been announced, but one is expected in the near future.

"Russia has violated the agreement".

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