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Now It's Putin Ready To Pivot To Asia

Despite Kremlin denials, Western sanctions are hitting Russia hard, and prompting its president to look elsewhere for new alliances and opportunities.

Putin during at the Vladivostok summit in September, between the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea .
Putin during at the Vladivostok summit in September, between the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea .
Benjamin Quénelle

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VLADIVOSTOK — Donald Trump, Moon Jae-In, and now ... Vladimir Putin? After his summits with the American and South Korean presidents, North Korea's Kim Jong-un is finally preparing to meet his Kremlin counterpart. A new stage of the detente at play in the Korean peninsula, this event would also be, for Moscow, yet another way to showcase its "shift to the east."

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