Can Putin Rebrand Russia as Stabilizing Force in Ukraine, Syria?

Russian President Vladimir Putin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Moscow, Russia, May 10, 2015 (Official Kremlin photo).
Russian President Vladimir Putin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Moscow, Russia, May 10, 2015 (Official Kremlin photo).
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Vladimir Putin has a busy social schedule these days. The Russian president looked a little isolated on May 9, when world leaders largely stayed away from the immense military parade he organized in Moscow to commemorate the end of World War II. But Chinese President Xi Jinping was among the few who did attend, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel went to Moscow for talks one day after the celebrations. Putin has had little time to recover from his big party. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited him in Sochi to talk about Ukraine and Syria. Washington followed […]

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