The World from Berlin Putin's Free-Trade Proposal Is 'Just a Smokescreen'

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wants the EU and Russia to forge a massive free trade zone. German commentators are wary of the wily politician's true intentions and urge Europe's politicians to read the small print.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrives at a conference in Berlin on Friday: Putin has called for a free trade zone between Russia and the EU.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrives at a conference in Berlin on Friday: Putin has called for a free trade zone between Russia and the EU.

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-- David Gordon Smith