When the West and Russia were fighting on the same team

Putin's visit to the beaches of Normandy this week calls for a look back at history.


DND/Library & Archives Canada Photo: Lt. Richard Graham Arless
Soldiers from the Royal Canadian Navy Beach Commando "W" land on the beach in Normandy, France in 1944.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 06/04/2014 8:01 pm EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 06/10/2014 1:30 am EDT

The presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Normandy beaches on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings was planned long before the current conflict over Ukraine, but it is a useful reminder of the fact that Russia is not some Asiatic tyranny on Europe’s eastern borders. It is a European country that has played a major role in the continent’s affairs for centuries.

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