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Aided by U.S. weakness, Vladimir Putin wants to party like it's 1989

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In a speech to Russia's parliament while formally annexing Crimea from Ukraine, Vladimir Putin cited history to legitimize his decision for “reunification.” But it's another speech he made nine years ago that provides clearer insights into his motivations and end game. In 2005, Putin said during a nationally televised annual address that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was the “greatest...

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