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Now, it seems, Putin has gone all the way too far.Putin's aggressive use of covert action to settle scores hit an international tripwire after the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the quiet British cathedral town of Salisbury.What matters is that President Donald Trump finally seems to have eased, at least for the moment, his dubious defense of Putin.So how can the U.S. and its closest allies alter Putin's behavior if they're truly serious about holding Russia to account? Putin has been playing a weak hand well, but the high cards remain in Western hands.Consider the ways in which Trump could stress Russia on the energy front.Putin seems to think he has found the sweet spot of deniability. Kelly pressed him about last month's indictment of 13 Russians, led by Putin's oligarch pal Yevgeniy Prigozhin, for meddling in the U.S. election. First, Putin needs to start cleaning up the mess he has created.
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