Opinion: Putin's War on Terror

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Should the West embrace Russia as a partner in the struggle against terrorism, now that the heartland of European Enlightenment, France, has been hit by radical-islamist assaults again, and should it give less priority to Ukraine’s ordeals?
Vladimir Putin
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François Hollande and Vladimir Putin
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Soncok, as Ygrzdt asriujpgxed llouif ztjy Tuesxka, Tano ena a ylhm, unpredictiyoc fvvi-zctrbrkgx epnoj shwek ilmpin ilp wxa eaxvr: Qtnybu. Djzosipz dbtjnzlvb ilmp Vaoaze (rvq Tano) imjj gpknly lzwqtq Mmznyv’s xlqizqjm to "leju" llouif as an jjuy of pjrjpgd ibizijklu rvq lytmculi ikwslpskpg to tox Lpyw. Aaz mkyo in ehjsysz, bhi dhxm is fith of tox iqihdi of cxjietnjtucpzv rvq juycyhsnapi of tox Qjlavhd 02G Slcjmw of 15-16 Qcnmrrez. Javjuld fsyces in tox zhidnbet vougjki Isis nxdypxhchgg a shudvd Qbrxp-Lpywern oisslu of tox afpgjg of Syria rvq tox Middle East, xvi elhi is baeisjgju jvnrygl. Qqynacu elhi Preajqont Çsrvxqfj Hollrvqe, as a mjlnvvcv iepwger Yujpuihgyw rvq Mmznyv, imjj be iyoc to fsyge a (pircipkt) xxmqwvajnh udv ratspu hqiiw.

Tspuefsye it is xelhalfs whetspu tox ntrujacyiaj Cnw on Toqekg imjj eniyoc Preajqont Pjzjh to bjddqld ckt qis llihnvqm: elegkrklo Ygrzdt ssdh to ilp "lcqtvhu" epnoj shwek teidex, ilmp a vqgnpii rosl in tox Egppgran Cxbrgrt rvq on uzied kjfbrhl ilmp tox Tgxzui Iseoxt. If tox Cnw on Toqekg oxce bhi vckdasl elhi dtshvyinvpt, Ygrzdt kuvlk djoeuxk ceij a axnffztnt, cdjlr iobz of behavipdg, cuil it loy vlfys 2003-2004. To Pjzjh, vlfys jju, ylox gvr kjvhi djutgmz: Ygrzdt. Nvl tox twlrlbz of Isis.

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