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Clinton's 'reset' belied deep doubts on Putin

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>> We want to reset.>> It's the moment Hillary Clinton would probably not pick for her State Department reel. The infamous 2009 attempt at a reset in Washington's rocky relations with Russia followed only by Vladimir Putin thumbing his nose at the US and its allies in Ukraine and Syria.
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But a Reuters investigation learned that while Clinton was the face of the ill-fated reset, she was far from its number one booster. Diplomatic correspondent, Warren Strobel.>> We talked for this story to a number of current and former officials who were in many cases in the room when these meetings happened.
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This is Obama's policy and Clinton carried it out, but she basically felt that we shouldn't get carried away here, that there are deep, deep differences that wouldn't go away and she was skeptical about how far this could go.>> Those feelings only growing as Clinton's relationship with Putin went downhill.
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>> Hillary and Putin have a long history of throwing verbal broadsides at one another, going back even to when she was a presidential candidate in 2008. In fact, as she was leaving office in late 2012 early 2013, she wrote a series of memos which talked about basically the reset is over, Russia is moving in the different direction.
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American policy needs to adjust and there are tough times ahead, basically, there's a storm brewing between the US and Russia.>> In the view of Clinton's supporters, that's why Putin seem intent on helping her rival Donald Trump, including the damaging hack into Democratic Party servers, widely believed to be the work of Russia.
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>> It is a huge issue in the election, partly because Trump has gone out of his way to praise Putin and say what a great leader he is. Obviously, her campaign people, and the people that used to work for her, want to portray her as being tough on Russia.
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But we heard a pretty consistent story of people predicting, in fact, at least her tone would be tougher than Obama's in terms of speaking out when Russia does something wrong and there might be some policy changes. The ones that we have heard about, not decided, of course, but some kind of no fly zone in Syria, which the Russian's are against.
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Also, this question of whether the United States would provide lethal assistance to the government in the Ukraine to defend itself against Russian sponsored militias. It's as big an issue in our American election as it has been in probably a couple of decades.