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Russian leader's winning formula

PUTIN gauged the weakness of the political establishment in the West almost flawlessly.

He considered that talk and discussion had reached epidemic proportions in Western democracies and the stomach for any kind of military support for their political and commercial colonialism was absent. He knew they would consider that such support would be bad for investment.

He then proceeded to give leaders in the West a masterclass in how to annexe a strategic interest without firing a shot.

ROY STOKES

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