For Putin, World Cup shows Russia cannot be caged by hostile West

Russian President Vladimir Putin plays with a ball following a meeting with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia November 25, 2016. Picture taken November 25, 2016. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin is struggling to get a summit with Donald Trump, has little hope of ending Western sanctions, and is seen in much of the West as a pariah. So hosting the World Cup this month is a welcome moment in the global limelight. In the Russian president’s eyes, it sends a […]

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