The German Sage Who Makes Putin Wax Nostalgic

The Russian leader misses the father of "Ostpolitik" who died last year.

A bear of a problem.

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At the core of Russia's current split with the West is President Vladimir Putin's conviction that Western powers brushed a weakened Russia aside when the Soviet Union fell apart, rather than include it in a common global security and economic architecture.

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