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Snowden, Syria, Vladimir Putin's 'Cold Peace' with the West | CBC - July 8, 2013 |

Regarding Snowden, Putin said. "If he wants to stay here, there is one condition: he must stop his activities aimed at inflicting damage to our American partners, no matter how strange it may sound on my lips."

However, Putin's gesture to the U.S belies a steadily deteriorating relationship between the two countries over the four years since President Barack Obama launched his putative "reset policy," aiming to put the relationship on a new course.

Many factors helped scuttle that attempt at rapprochement, including, most recently, conflicting approaches to the war in Syria and the West's strong disapproval of the Kremlin's crackdown on Russia's opposition movement.

But is the sour relationship really tantamount to "a new Cold War," as some analysts in the West have suggested?

by Oui on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 08:05:07 AM EST

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