UK Foreign Office: Praising Putin on Syria like lauding ex-wife-beater

12:15, 16 March 2016
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U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond attacked Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia's intervention in Syria even as he began to pull his troops out of the Middle Eastern country, saying that welcoming the withdrawal would be like lauding a husband who'd given up abusing his spouse, Bloomberg wrote.


"Somebody goes into another country, starts bombing civilian populations, destroying hospitals and schools," Hammond told the House of Commons in London on Tuesday. "If, and it's still a big if, they do decide five months later that they've done enough, let's not give them too much praise. It's a bit like: 'did he stop beating his wife?'" as reported by Bloomberg.

"The fact that they're there in the first place is something that we have to continually protest about," Hammond said. "We certainly should not give them any credit for simply withdrawing from these illegal activities."

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