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‘We can destroy America in half an hour.’
Amanda Macias, September 13, 2016
In December 2011, Vladimir Putin, then Russia’s prime minister, was positioned to reclaim his role as Russia’s president in the March 2012 elections. Fittingly, he hosted a lavish banquet at New Century, Moscow’s richest equestrian club, for members of the Valdai Club and distinguished academics and journalists from around the world.
“The fare was extravagant: smoked trout, duck liver, venison soup, rhubarb sorbet, veal cheeks, and pear soup with caramel,” according to Douglas Schoen and Melik Kaylan, authors of “The Russia-China Axis.”
Putin addressed topics ranging from the “Russian government’s loss of public trust to his own indispensable leadership.” He later directed his focus on the US and addressed the Americans in attendance. “You…
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