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OTTAWA—When United States President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16, the critics were quick to pounce. The general consensus from Western pundits and politicians alike was that The Donald had been too soft on Putin. This sentiment is rooted in the notion that the U.S., and by extension the other Western countries including Canada, somehow have the moral authority to chastise Putin for his actions, because Western forces are, after all,

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So much for the West holding the moral high ground

By Scott Taylor      

Canadian and U.S. involvement in conflicts in the last couple decades proves neither has a clean record, yet the West is quick to chastise Russia for its misdeeds.

United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin take part in a working lunch during their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. White House photograph by Shealah Craighead
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