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Russia following the West's lead

MANY in the West have difficulty taking either US Secretary of State John Kerry or Foreign Secretary William Hague seriously – and Russia has the same problem.

Vladimir Putin mocked their "baffling, primitive and blatant" Crimean posturing, saying it was a little late in the day for the West "to take a lead on observing international law".

It had recognised Kosovo's secession from Serbia as legitimate.

In view of our recent record of interference, which set ablaze the entire Islamic Crescent, it is difficult to argue that the Russian president is being unfair.

DR JOHN CAMERON

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