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Swagger in the air as Putin visits Hungary Analysis

Feb 03, 2017 - Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

When President Vladimir Putin of Russia last paid a visit to Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban was under siege for his autocratic style, Russia was isolated for its seizure of Crimea, and both men were called xenophobes for their hard-line stance on immigration.

Two years later, as Putin landed Thursday for his first foray into Europe in the Trump era, it was a different story. Both men feel vindicated. There is talk of lifting some economic sanctions placed on Russia for its land grab ...