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Putin tries to restore Russia’s role in Middle East

By inviting Hamas for talks, Vladimir Putin has taken a bold but risky plunge into the Middle East peace process that he hopes will restore Russia’s role as a player on the world stage, experts say. And, though his offer on Thursday caught the United States, Israel and other Western powers on the hop, Putin has left himself with room for maneuver to ensure his ties with his powerful Western partners are not hurt, they say. Putin’s remarks in Madrid set diplomatic channels humming between Moscow and other world capitals on Friday as Russia emerged from the shadow of the United States and European Union, the key peace brokers in the Middle East. Full Story

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