Why Putin Doesn't Trust the West

Vladimir Putin's anti-Western rhetoric echoes a forgotten 1992 warning by Russia's first foreign minister.

Foreign ministers in a friendlier time.

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For those who wonder how it came to pass that President Vladimir Putin's Russia pivoted so decisively away from a European path, Putin has an answer: It happened long before his time, during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s.

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