May 23, 2014

Putin Shows Us How to Pivot to Asia

Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

The Associated Press

On Wednesday, it finally happened — the pivot to Asia. No, not the United States. It was Russia that turned East.

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TAGGED: Asia Pivot, Natural Gas, China, Vladimir Putin


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