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Putin’s Real Enemy

By Dr. César Chelala As fear increases in the west about Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambitions, the Russian president has to confront at home his most powerful enemy: vodka. Russians’ love for vodka has a long history in the country. Legend holds that vodka arrived in Moscow in the 14th century, brought by Genovese merchants to Prince Dmitry Ivanovich. …

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No need yet to send troops to Ukraine: Putin

AFP – Russia has no need yet to send troops into Ukraine but reserves the right to use “all means” to protect citizens should the necessity arise, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. “We reserve the right to use all means to protect” Russian and Ukrainian citizens in Ukraine, Putin said in comments live on state television, …

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No Ukraine solution, German FM says after talks with Lavrov

AFP – No “solution is in sight” on the Ukraine crisis, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Tuesday after a “difficult” talk in Geneva with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. “I had a difficult, long and very serious talk but it wasn’t enough to say that a solution is in sight,” Steinmeier told reporters after the meeting with Lavrov …

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