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Putin's mindset, and what it has to do with Ukraine

November 28th, 2013
05:03 PM ET

For days, Ukrainians have been protesting in support of closer ties with the West, and a European free-trade deal. But Ukraine's president has rejected that deal, instead casting his lot with Russia - many say because of pressure from President Vladimir Putin.

What's going on?

Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov talks with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the mindset of his former boss, Vladimir Putin, what it means for Ukraine - and Russia.


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    The Chinese leadership compensates for the lack of democracy by giving direction and dynamism to the economy. That cannot be said of Russia.

    November 29, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Clipper965

      The same thing could be said about Pre-Castro Cuba Vs Today. I think Russians put a higher value on progress and being able to enjoy a higher standard of living than personal freedoms.

      December 5, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
  2. george

    EU try to cheat Ukraine.Russia has the right to defend its business.Mr Janukowitch is a clever man.He knows how to negotiate with EU and East neighbour.

    November 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
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    Does the developed world really want africa continent to grow or they only wants africa to remain underdeveloped?What is their mission in this 21 century?they should be open and transparent, instead of being cunning.Meanwhile,the africans see more than they talks

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    Looking at the history of Ukrain/USSR now Russian treatment of Ukrainains with the death of millions due to starvation, it's a wonder that Ukrainians don't try and shift their country, shovel full by shovel full, as far away from Russia as possible.

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