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Putin ‘in a corner’ with options narrowing

SpaceWar.com reports: “US President Joe Biden admitted this week that American diplomats still did not know how Russian President Vladimir Putin could bring an end to his faltering war in Ukraine and save face. Western analysts see no good options.

The question of Putin’s ‘off-ramp’ — or decisions that allow him to end the fighting without admitting defeat — has exercised Western policymakers and foreign policy experts since the very start of the war in February.

‘Where does he find a way out?’ Biden asked on Thursday while talking in New York. ‘Where does he find himself in a position that he does not, not only lose face, but lose significant power within Russia?’

A French diplomat, talking recently on condition of anonymity, stressed that European allies were no closer to reading Putin’s thinking, other than his desire to secure what appears to be an increasingly unlikely military victory…”

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