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Doug Saunder
Doug Saunder
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DOUG SAUNDERS

How the Crimean crisis has trapped Obama and Putin

As the world waits for the other shoe to drop, let us consider the possibility that neither Vladimir Putin nor Barack Obama are in possession of another shoe.

After a near-total majority of Crimean citizens voted for their Russian-speaking Ukrainian province to join Russia on Sunday in what most of the world views as an illegitimate referendum manufactured by Moscow, there has been a day of tense inaction between the West, and especially President Barack Obama, and Mr. Putin.