Exclusive: Jeb Bush says Putin's Russia should face consequences over Syria

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush pauses during an interview with Reuters at Nonie's Restaurant in PeterboroughBy Steve Holland PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush vowed on Tuesday to take a more aggressive approach to countering Russia if he is elected president next year, calling Vladimir Putin an “agile adversary” who is exploiting a vacuum of U.S. leadership in Syria and elsewhere. In an interview with Reuters, Bush said that if elected in 2016 he would seek to build a coalition of European and Arab partners to work for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which he said is key to resolving the festering conflict and a worsening refugee crisis. Calling Putin a “bully”, Bush said the United States and Europe should also extend sanctions against Moscow over its military aggression in Ukraine that are set to expire at year’s end.

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