Hit Putin where it hurts

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The ar­ti­cle UK al­lies turn the screw on Rus­sia (30 March) and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing anal­y­sis by Patrick Win­tour de­scribe how the west has rolled up its sleeves to huff and puff in the face of Vladimir Putin’s ar­ro­gant dis­re­gard for what the west deems to be “the rules”. He has done this be­fore with ab­so­lute im­punity.

On top of with­draw­ing west­ern diplo­mats, the UK has pro­posed the killer blow of not send­ing a royal to the World Cup in Rus­sia: some­thing that will un­doubt­edly hu­mil­i­ate Putin in the eyes of the Rus­sian peo­ple to a level that will have him trem­bling in his bed at night. If they want to hurt Putin’s pride, why don’t they just boy­cott the World Cup al­to­gether? It seems in­con­ceiv­able that the west is still happy to en­dorse Putin, le­git­imise his ac­tions and re­in­force his cred­i­bil­ity by sheep­ishly par­tic­i­pat­ing in the World Cup.

A can­cel­la­tion of the World Cup is not some­thing Putin could hide. I guess Fifa hasn’t got the balls. Ian Alexan­der Madrid, Spain

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