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Vladimir Putin Arrives Down Under with Entourage of . . . Warships

Vlad, well, he lacks for subtlety. Via Canada’s National Post:

Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country’s northeastern coast, prompting the Australian prime minister to angrily accuse Russia of trying to reclaim the “lost glories” of the Soviet Union. . . .

In recent days, four Russian warships have entered international waters off the northeast Australian coast to coincide with Putin’s visit to Australia for the summit that brings together the leaders of the world’s 20 biggest industrialized and developing economies. Australia, in turn, sent three warships of its own to monitor them.

The Russian embassy said on Friday that Russia’s Pacific fleet was testing its range.

Nice continent ya got there. Be a shame if somethin’, you know, happened to it.

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