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Marc Champion

It Isn't Time to Normalize With Russia Yet

Putin's endgames in Ukraine and Syria remain unclear.
Still celebrating Crimea.

Still celebrating Crimea.

Photographer: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images

Recent articles by two of the smartest analysts writing on Russia today argue that it is time to reengage with President Vladimir Putin, following his decision to draw down its military intervention in Syria.

Whether the conditions exist to end sanctions over Ukraine and establish a new working relationship with Russia is the right question to ask -- if not, we are guaranteed a repeat of the Cold War. The answer, however, can't be based on assumptions of good faith. Normalizing relations with Russia now would be premature.