USA: Tillerson refuses to brand Putin a 'war criminal' during Senate hearing

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Published on 11 Jan 2017, 17:58
US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio grilled President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a confirmation hearing at the US Senate in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

The former Republican presidential candidate asked Tillerson if he thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was a war criminal to which he responded: "I would not use that term." Rubio went on to describe events in Aleppo and the Chechen war where, according to the Florida Senator, civilians sites had been targeted by the Russian military.

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