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As Ukraine Suffers, It Is Time Yo Recognize The Gravity Of The Russian Threat—And To Counter It

Filed under: riflessioni — Paolo Porsia @ 12:51 AM

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As Ukraine Suffers, It Is Time Yo Recognize The Gravity Of The Russian Threat—And To Counter It

Feb 14th 2015 | From the print edition

HE IS ridiculed for his mendacity and ostracized by his peers. He presides over a free-falling currency and a rapidly shrinking economy. International sanctions stop his kleptocratic friends from holidaying in their ill-gotten Mediterranean villas. Judged against the objectives Vladimir Putin purported to set on inheriting Russia’s presidency 15 years ago—prosperity, the rule of law, westward integration—regarding him as a success might seem bleakly comical.

But those are no longer his goals, if they ever really were. Look at the world from his perspective, and Mr Putin is winning. For all his enemies’ machinations, he remains the Kremlin’s undisputed master. He has a throttle hold on Ukraine, a grip this week’s brittle agreement in Minsk…

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