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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, April 9, 2015

Putin's tactical masterpiece

Putin has been very astute in refraining from driving a further wedge into the EU with an announcement of financial help for Greece, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore comments: "Putin is above all interested in having Greece join the group of countries that are once again willing to cooperate with Moscow, like Cyprus and Hungary. His goal is to make this group as big as possible and ultimately have the sanctions lifted - the decision on prolonging them is slated for June. ... At the same time, however, he wants to renew the bonds with all the partners and markets that Moscow needs. The Russian president cleverly peppered his comments with quotes from Helmut Kohl and Charles de Gaulle, holding up the image of a Europe united from the Atlantic to the Ural. His goal: to present cooperation between Russia and Greece as benefiting the European population as a whole."

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