Russian President Vladimir Putin insists that Moscow's intervention in Ukraine is justified. But Putin had a much different message just six months ago when, in a New York Times op-ed, he warned the United States not to interfere in Syria, saying "decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus."
Now, the situation in Syria isn't directly comparable to what's unfolding in Ukraine. But Putin's quick pivot, from decrying unilateral U.S. intervention to obstreperously defending unilateral Russian intervention, reads as a little more than self-serving.
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