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Putin Finally Went Too Far

The unified international response to the Skripal poisoning shows that the West will only suffer so much provocation.
Source: Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

WhenBritain threw out 23 Russian diplomats in response to an attempt on Russian agent Sergei Skripal, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia and current , shrugged it off. With relations between London and Moscow so strained, the embassy didn’t have all that much to do, anyway. The cost, Putin no doubt felt, was predictable and bearable. Then on Monday, 20 additional countries, from Albania to Ukraine, joined in a , with the United States accounting for 60 of the Russians sent packing. On Tuesday, NATO it would expel seven Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning. Suddenly, the Kremlin isn’t looking quite

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