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Putin Says Don't Mess With Mother Russia

In a closing speech today at Russia’s annual Valdai conference, President Vladimir Putin said he was going to be frank -- he was more than that.
Bring out the big guns.

Bring out the big guns.

Photographer: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images

If President Vladimir Putin is Russia, as a senior Kremlin official said this week, then this country is angry, humiliated and suffering from an almost paranoid fixation on the U.S. as the root of all the world’s troubles.

In a closing speech and question-and-answer session today at Russia’s annual state-sponsored Valdai conference, Putin said he was going to be frank -- he was more than that. He dived into a long list of slights and wounds inflicted by the U.S. on Russia and the world since the end of the Cold War, and gave every sign of digging in for a long period of confrontation.