Trump speaks with Putin as tensions rise in Middle East

President Donald Trump spoke Monday with...

Posted: Feb 12, 2018 10:15 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2018 10:15 PM

President Donald Trump spoke Monday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to express condolences for a weekend plane crash outside Moscow, according to a US official.

The phone call came amid ongoing Washington-Moscow tensions over policy in the Middle East and Russia's attempts to meddling in US elections.

Russian news agencies reported the phone call also included discussion of the situation in Israel. Putin was meeting Monday in Moscow with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Tensions in the region are high after Syrian forces downed an Israeli F-16 fighter jet over the weekend. The jet was hit and went down Saturday in northern Israel after coming under "massive anti-aircraft fire" from Syrian forces, according to the Israeli army.

Both pilots ejected from the Israeli jet, and one was severely injured.

Russia has maintained a heavy presence in Syria to bolster the dictator there, Bashar al-Assad. The US has opposed Russia's presence in the country.

On Saturday, the White House released a statement declaring Israel "a staunch ally" of the United States.

"We support its right to defend itself from the Iranian-backed Syrian and militia forces in southern Syria," the statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders read. "We call on Iran and its allies to cease provocative actions and work toward regional peace."

Sanders also released a statement on Sunday expressing condolences for the plane crash, which occurred minutes after takeoff from Moscow's Domodedovo airport. The crash killed 71 people.

Trump's relationship with Putin is complicated by the election meddling issue. Trump has said he believes Putin believes he is being earnest when he denies that Moscow attempted to sway the presidential contest in Trump's favor.

Congress passed a law over the summer requiring Trump to impose new sanctions on Russia for the meddling, but so far the administration has avoided putting the sanctions in place.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 3967

Reported Deaths: 148
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah105258
Marion91425
Washington69817
Clackamas29610
Deschutes1200
Linn1159
Umatilla1123
Polk9610
Lane672
Yamhill667
Jackson600
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath410
Coos310
Malheur280
Josephine251
Douglas250
Jefferson240
Wasco181
Columbia160
Hood River120
Morrow120
Lincoln90
Tillamook60
Crook60
Curry60
Union60
Wallowa20
Sherman10
Grant10
Harney10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 99387

Reported Deaths: 3819
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles478452145
Riverside7139303
San Diego6797249
Orange5578131
San Bernardino4567176
Alameda298693
Santa Clara2675139
San Francisco239940
San Mateo190482
Kern187629
Tulare177179
Santa Barbara155112
Fresno148222
Contra Costa135337
Imperial135224
Sacramento131056
Ventura91230
San Joaquin77133
Kings6882
Stanislaus65928
Sonoma5154
Solano45520
Monterey4298
Marin41714
Merced2687
San Luis Obispo2631
Santa Cruz2002
Yolo19822
Placer1889
Napa1093
Humboldt942
Madera852
El Dorado780
San Benito762
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Del Norte400
Shasta364
Mono341
Yuba281
Mendocino220
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Lake140
Calaveras140
Glenn120
Amador100
Siskiyou61
Colusa50
Plumas40
Lassen40
Tuolumne30
Tehama31
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 67°
Brookings
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 53°
Crater Lake
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 57°
Grants Pass
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 68°
Klamath Falls
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 57°
Hot week, stormy weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Smoke expected through today

Image

Fighting fires during coronavirus

Image

Nate Bittle is gearing up for his senior year

Image

Search and rescue adjusts to a pandemic

Image

Tuesday, May 26th Evening Weather

Image

Search and Rescue teams adjust their jobs during the pandemic

Image

Anywhere Learning: Read-aloud - Sarah, Plain and Tall, Part 2

Image

Anywhere Learning: Mystery Adventure, Part 2

Image

Anywhere Learning: All About Family

Image

Anywhere Learning: Mystery Adventure, Part 1