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March 8, 2014 1:28 AM

Putin doesn’t see America as weak, former U.S. ambassador to Moscow says

Plotting a U.S. response to Vladimir Putin’s land grab in Ukraine requires an understanding that the Russian leader operates without a clear-cut foreign policy and out of “dual impulses” of asserting Moscow’s power while courting Western approval, according to an American diplomat who observed him up close for five years.

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