How Vladimir Putin's political judo floored his opponents

Putin has tried to leverage US democracy against itself, criticizing the Electoral College system of deciding elections. "There is no true democracy there," he said at the Valdai Discussion Club, "and you are trying to convince us that we are not (democratic)?"

As he assumes the presidency, will Trump see Putin's "asymmetric diplomacy" for what it is?

Behind the judo moves, Putin is hampered by an economy hit hard by depressed oil prices and by Western economic sanctions. His charm offensive with Trump may last only as long as he thinks he can get what he wants from the new US President.


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