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Gates says Putin might be ‘doing us a favor,’ urges more defense spending

Wednesday former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Vladimir Putin remains a powerful, geopolitical force but also suggested the Russian president’s recent military forays might be “doing us a favor.” He said Putin’s recent airstrikes in Syria and perhaps more importantly his intervention in eastern Ukraine should alert America’s European allies to increase military spending “because the world has not gone on to broad sunny uplands where there’s peace and tranquility all the time.”

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