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U.S. double standards

Print edition : April 18, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama with other G7 leaders at The Hague on March 24, on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, to decide the response to Russia's incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation. Photo: JERRY LAMPEN/AFP

President Putin chairs a meeting of his government at his residence outside Moscow on March 19. Photo: ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Crimea's Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (front left), Crimean Parliament Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (hidden) and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy in Moscow on March 18 after signing a treaty on making the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula a part of Russia. Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky/POOL/REUTERS

Crimea’s overwhelming vote to rejoin Russia, assailed by the U.S., is of a piece with Kosovo’s separation from Serbia and Croatia’s and Slovenia’s from Yugoslavia, all backed by the West.
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