Putin, Tehran and the drone dealers
20 July 2022 | 4:18 pm
Officials deny that the Russian President's visit to Tehran is also about the delivery of combat drones. That is unlikely, says Kersten Knipp — and argues that the countries are united in their fight against democracy.
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Condemnation, quickly followed by forgiveness: Putin's contradictory treatment of the warlord Prigozhin is confusing. State media are trying to limit the damage to the president's image, but the country is uneasy.
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