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Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in this June 17, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in this June 17, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in this June 17, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Los Cabos, Mexico, in this June 18, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Los Cabos, Mexico, in this June 18, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Los Cabos, Mexico, in this June 18, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files
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U.S. President George W. Bush (R) looks on as Russian President Vladimir Putin makes remarks at the Crawford High School in Crawford, Texas, in this November 15, 2001 file photo. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell/Files

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) looks on as Russian President Vladimir Putin makes remarks at the Crawford High School in Crawford, Texas, in this November 15, 2001 file photo. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell/Files

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) looks on as Russian President Vladimir Putin makes remarks at the Crawford High School in Crawford, Texas, in this November 15, 2001 file photo. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell/Files
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U.S. President George W. Bush (R) walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin as G8 leaders and outreach leaders gather for a group photo at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in this July 17, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin as G8 leaders and outreach leaders gather for a group photo at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in this July 17, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin as G8 leaders and outreach leaders gather for a group photo at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, in this July 17, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files
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A Syrian refugee boy cries as he attends the funeral of five Free Syrian Army fighters, killed by Syrian security forces near the Idlib province of Syria, in Yayladagi in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border, in this August 4, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/Files

A Syrian refugee boy cries as he attends the funeral of five Free Syrian Army fighters, killed by Syrian security forces near the Idlib province of Syria, in Yayladagi in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border, in this August 4, 2012 file...more

A Syrian refugee boy cries as he attends the funeral of five Free Syrian Army fighters, killed by Syrian security forces near the Idlib province of Syria, in Yayladagi in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border, in this August 4, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/Files
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U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad's Firdaus Square, in this file photo from April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad's Firdaus Square, in this file photo from April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad's Firdaus Square, in this file photo from April 9, 2003. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo, in this August 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo, in this August 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo, in this August 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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An ethnic Albanian man is seen wrapped in the Albanian flag in celebration for the province's upcoming independence, in the village of Suva Reka in Kosovo, in this February 15, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

An ethnic Albanian man is seen wrapped in the Albanian flag in celebration for the province's upcoming independence, in the village of Suva Reka in Kosovo, in this February 15, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

An ethnic Albanian man is seen wrapped in the Albanian flag in celebration for the province's upcoming independence, in the village of Suva Reka in Kosovo, in this February 15, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files
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A Georgian man cries as he holds the body of his relative after a bombardment in Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi, in this August 9, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Files

A Georgian man cries as he holds the body of his relative after a bombardment in Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi, in this August 9, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Files

A Georgian man cries as he holds the body of his relative after a bombardment in Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi, in this August 9, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Files
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