May 21, 2014

How Putin Won Big in China

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved what Western leaders feared: He has cut a big, long-term deal to supply natural gas to China, a pivot to the East that makes Russia much less vulnerable to whatever sanctions the West might impose.

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