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Putin Design for Russia May Intensify Tensions With West

Vladimir Putin reclaiming Russia’s presidency will probably exacerbate tensions with the U.S. and Europe as they try to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions and halt bloodshed in Syria, strategists from Moscow to New York said.

As Putin celebrated six more years in office after his electoral victory on March 4, he thanked supporters for backing a “Great Russia.” The U.S. State Department responded by choosing not to congratulate him and calling for a “credible” investigation into allegations of electoral fraud.