NEWSLINK New York Times: A Diplomatic Victory, and Affirmation, for Putin

File Photo of John Kerry Shaking Hands with Vladimir Putin as Ambassador Looks On

For Russia, victory came three days after Victory Day, in the form of Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit this week to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. It was widely interpreted here as a signal of surrender by the Americans — an olive branch from President Obama, and an acknowledgment that Russia and its leader are simply too important to ignore.