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Obama Shows Europe How to Make Putin Pay

The U.S. has put strong sanctions on Vladimir Putin's friends. It's a shame the EU has failed to do likewise. 
British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and French President Francois Hollande can act on their own against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photographer: Frederic Sierakowski/Photonews via Getty Images

For the first time since Russian President Vladimir Putin began his adventure in Crimea, the West has given him something to think about: The U.S. has put strong sanctions on some of his closest aides, friends and business partners. Would that the same could be said of the European Union.

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