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Voice of America: Got a meeting with Vladimir the Tardy? Bring a good book

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Aug. 8, 2012, 10:39 a.m. | Op-ed — by James Brooke

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych speak as they attend a documents signing ceremony after a session of the Ukrainian-Russian state commission in the Livadia Palace, just outside Yalta, in the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine, on July 12, 2012, AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI POOL / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV
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 On a sun splashed hillside overlooking the Black Sea, the President of Ukraine and half of his cabinet gathered July 12 for a summit meeting with Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin. The site was Livadia Palace, the Czarist-era estate that was the setting for the 1945 Yalta Conference, the meeting where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin divided up post-war Europe.

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