Sochi has given Putin back his geopolitical swagger

Globe and Mail
Wednesday 19th February, 2014

There was an unmistakably satisfied grin on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s face as he presided over the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics 10 days ago.Why not? After a long decline on the international stage, quite a lot is going Russia’s way.Moscow matters again. And, to the consternation of leaders in the West, Russia under Mr. Putin sees its interests – on almost every major file, from Egypt to Syria to Ukraine – as being the opposite of whatever the United States and European Union want.

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