washingtonpost.com – MOSCOW — You could call it a Teddy Roosevelt moment: Russian President Vladimir Putin offered an extemporaneous adage Tuesday that sounded a whole lot like a twist on “big stick” diplomacy. “You can do a lot more with weapons and politeness than just politeness,” Putin said, according to several Russian news outlets. (Or maybe he’s just seen “The Untouchables” a few times too often, specifically the scene where Robert DeNiro’s Al Capone says, “You can get farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word.


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