Below is a note from FNC’s James Rosen:
Attributable to “State Department officials”:
“This is certainly not the first time we’ve seen a visceral response from President Putin. Needless to say, the Secretary of State testified truthfully and accurately to the Congress.”
Below is the comment from Putin, plus what I believe is the exchange from Tuesday, between Kerry and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), that Putin is probably referring to (and obviously misrepresenting):
SEN. JOHNSON: What do we know about the opposition? I mean, what is — have we been tracking them for the last two years? I mean, it seems like — and this is more of an impression I have as opposed to any exact knowledge, but it seems like initially, the opposition was maybe more Western-leaning, more moderate, more democratic, and as time has gone by, it’s degraded, become more infiltrated by al-Qaida. That — is that basically true? Or to — (inaudible) — has that happened?
SEC. KERRY: No, that is — no, that is actually basically not true. It’s basically incorrect. The opposition has increasingly become more defined by its moderation, more defined by the breadth of its membership and more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution, which will be broad-based and secular with respect to the future of Syria. And that’s very critical.