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Friday News Roundup - International

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly at Moscow's Manezh exhibition centre on March 01, 2018.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly at Moscow's Manezh exhibition centre on March 01, 2018.

Much of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s state of the nation address was about Russia’s tensions with Western countries, including the U.S.:

“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development … you have failed to contain Russia.”

The speech also included warnings with animations of Russia’s new arsenal of nuclear weapons. How will world leaders respond to the tough talk?

We parse Putin’s words and political motivations and discuss the continued tragedy on Syrian soil.

Plus: What prompted China to censor Winnie-the-Pooh and the letter “N”?

GUESTS

Mark Landler, White House correspondent, The New York Times; author of “Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power”; @MarkLandler

Karoun Demirjian, Reporter, The Washington Post; @karoun

Paul Danahar, Washington bureau chief of the BBC; author of “The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring”; @pdanahar

For more, visit https://the1a.org.

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