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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Putin will stick with anti-terror coalition

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not risk breaking with the West despite Nato member Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger is convinced: "Last week Putin adopted a softer tone than usual. Even his reaction to the attack on the Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula in which 224 people died was moderate, all things considered. The reason is that Putin sees a unique opportunity to be part of the anti-terror coalition and return to the global community. With this goal in mind he is even willing to restrain his anger at Turkey. Putin supports this coalition not only because of Syria, and not only because of the Ukraine conflict. His goal isn't a partnership with the West, but a new world order in which Russia and the US once more play a leading role. ... It may seem absurd to Europeans, but Vladimir Putin is firmly convinced that only the old bipolar world order can restore stability."

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