March 14, 2014

Russia Is Playing a Weak Hand Very Strongly

Michael Oren, CNN

The Associated Press

Whether in Syria or with Iran, Russia has played its relatively weak strategic hand exceedingly well and is threatening to outmaneuver the United States in the Middle East.

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TAGGED: Russia, Vladimir Putin, Syria, Ukraine, Crimea

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