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Barack Obama rewrites his Russian history

Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine has sparked something of an Olympic sprint as politicians run from their abysmal Vladimir Putin records. Few people run faster than former President Barack Obama, who this week tried to rewrite the history of his own Russian policy.

“As someone dealing with the incursion into Crimea and eastern parts of Ukraine, I was encouraged by the European reaction [this time]Mr. Obama said at an event in Chicago. “Because in 2014 I often had to drag them around kicking and screaming to respond in a way that we would have liked to see from those of us who describe ourselves as Western democracies. .”


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