June 8, 2014
Why Was Putin Invited to Normandy?
Masha Gessen, Washington Post
The Associated Press
Vladimir Putin should not have been in Normandy, or anywhere where he might be treated like a legitimate world leader — but French President François Hollande invited him, and other Western leaders lacked either the desire or the leverage to object effectively. Putin’s presence at the D-Day festivities served to legitimize him and delegitimize the occasion.
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