The Gilded Age of Russia’s Foreign Policy

But if we concede that Putin has won the two major geopolitical battles of the year, let us also ask: what is it that he’s won? When the race is finished and the medals awarded, the two gilded medals around President Putin’s neck bear the likenesses of Viktor Yanukovych and Bashar al-Assad. If that’s what passes for winning these days, I’m not sure what losing looks like.

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