Self-assured as ever, and showing less sign of strain over recent events than some western counterparts, Mr Putin had his own narrative.
Ukraine, he said, had witnessed an “unconstitutional seizure of power” by western-backed extremists, some of them wearing “armbands with swastikas”.
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Här en annan uppfattning: That Putin was not the Putin we saw today. Today's Putin was nervous, angry, cornered, and paranoid, periodically illuminated by flashes of his own righteousness. Here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes, squirming in his throne.