With Putin further at the helm, hopes in Europe of a fresh start might be dashed

BERLIN - Although the recent political reshuffle in Moscow left many questions unanswered, at least one conclusion can be safely drawn from the surprise move by the Russian President. Even after the end of his term in 2024, Mr Vladimir Putin will be in charge either as head of an empowered security council or in some other capacity.

Politicians in Western capitals remained rather cautious in their assessments of the changes. Experts, however, were much more outspoken.

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