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New York Times: Tillerson, on eve of trip, takes a hard line with Russia

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Syrians attend prayers during the Palm Sunday service on April 9, 2017, at the Elias Orthodox Church in Aleppo. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is taking a hard line against Russia on the eve of his first diplomatic trip to Moscow, calling the country “incompetent” for allowing Syria to hold on to chemical weapons and accusing Russia of trying to influence elections in Europe using the same methods it employed in the United States.

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