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Having got Crimea under his belt, Putin confirmed his indisputable domination in Russian politics. Now, he is likely to kick off a new PR campaign by toning down the rhetoric towards the new Ukrainian government, and offering the West cooperation in providing financial aid to the country. Next week, the G7 leaders are going to meet during the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. There will almost certainly be plenty of hot air, but little meaningful action. The EU doesn't seem to have much appetite for economic sanctions, and the US administration still needs Russia when it goes about Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. The dispute over Crimea will remain a point of contention for a while, but is going to leave front pages rather sooner than later.
by aquilon (albaruthenia at gmail dot com) on Tue Mar 18th, 2014 at 11:37:42 PM EST
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