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Vladimir Putin goes aggresive on energy strategy

Vladimir Putin has certainly rattled western politicians with his actions over the last 15 years and kept his popularity high at home in the process

There are two schools of thought on his strategy: is he demonstrating the skills of a chess grandmaster, where every move is in clear view and subject to discussion; or – as a former exponent of chess, Garry Kasparov, argues – is he closer in spirit to a poker player?  In the former role, Putin has not always been convincing. In Ukraine, for example, Russian troops have been identified as fighting alongside the Ukrainian rebels and the Minsk accords have been useless. On the other hand, the expansion of Nato eastwards to include nearly all the former Soviet bloc states in Europe helps to explain Putin’s opposition to the west-leaning governments in Kiev. However, Kiev has managed, through a

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