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Maybe he's just a nice guy
What Lies Behinds Putin’s “Humanitarian Gesture” Towards Savchenko?
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  • Angel Martin

    Since Turkey shot down that Russian plane, I have thought that Putin might put mischief in the Ukraine and the Baltic states on hold – if he saw an opportunity to operate against Turkey instead.

    • Kevin

      Perhaps.
      Some sort of grand bargain to reduce tensions in Ukraine in return for relaxed sanctions and increased gas exports and investment in Russian hydrocarbon industries might be appealing to Putin at least for a while. His regime runs best with a low level Cold War where he can promote himself as the defender of Russia who can both defend its interests but also intimidate foreigners and thus keep the peace will induce a rally around the flag effect, but an interminable expensive and bloody conflict will eventually sap his support.

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