We begin The Day with a president looking east. Vladimir Putin hosted the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s port city of Vladivostok today. It was an attempt to find new allies and firm up existing friendships – as Moscow turns to Asia in the face of unprecedented Western sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
At the same time, he began to burn whatever bridges were still left with the West. In a bellicose appearance, Putin threatened to turn his back on the UN-brokered grain deal, cut off energy supplies to Europe and insisted that despite economic pressure and terrible losses on the battlefield – his country was doing…just fine!
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