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To Xi's relief, Putin may have pulled US back into Europe

The Russian President’s massing of troops near Ukraine comes at a time when the Chinese leader faces pressure on several fronts

With his massing of troops on the Ukrainian border, Russian President Vladimir Putin has effortlessly pulled US attention back into Europe. PHOTO: AFP
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In the biopic The Last Days Of Patton, you have the famed American general whose elan powered the Third Army to success against Nazi Germany in World War II loosing off against the Russians - without whose help the Allies might never have prevailed in Europe.

"The German troops I am holding... My own men... I could push the Russians all the way back to Moscow," muses Gen George S. Patton, weeks after the Nazi surrender.

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