Putin Confidant Yakunin 'Russia and the West Are Drifting Apart'

Vladimir Putin has delayed a planned trip to Turkey following the forced landing of a Syrian plane in Ankara. In an interview, Vladimir Yukanin, a confidant to the Russian president, defends Russian weapons deliveries to dictator Bashar Assad and accuses the West of provoking a confrontation.
Political confidant of President Vladimir Putin (pictured here): "We think that Assad is still supported by a majority of the population."

Political confidant of President Vladimir Putin (pictured here): "We think that Assad is still supported by a majority of the population."

Foto: ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/ AFP
Interview conducted by Matthias Schepp in Moscow