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Obama and Putin – Cat and Mouse

Barack Obama will seek further support from the world’s leading political players at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg. But Russian President Vladimir Putin is already looking forward to a showdown with the US president.

Vladimir Putin has the home field advantage. As the host of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, he can control the images and the logistics of the meeting of the world’s most important industrialized and emerging economies inside the Constantine Palace, also known as the “Russian Versailles.” He can hardly wait to show it off, complete with its glistening hardwood floors, to Barack Obama. The G-20, Putin has said, will provide “a good platform” to discuss the problems in Syria.

The irony is that it is Putin himself who is so vehemently objecting to such diplomatic solutions.

The political frontlines have…

Source Spiegel Online

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