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"You don't deal with a thug like Vladimir Putin by asking nicely," House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, said in his critique of the Obama administration policy on Russia. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a live video link with members of Russian Geographical Society expedition to the Southern Pole in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with members of the Night Wolves biker group in the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine, July 12, 2012. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (behind) and Cuba's President Raul Castro attend a ceremony at the Mausoleum of the Soviet Internationalist Soldier in Havana in July during Mr. Putin's Latin American tour aimed at boosting trade and ties in the region. (Associated Press)

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, puts a shawl on Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, Nov. 10, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes President of Russia Vladimir Putin, left, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 1, 2012. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Russian President Vladimir Putin stands for a minute of silence at the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with members of the All-Russia Popular Front in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

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The Kremlin unveiled its latest weapon to combat the West's "information war" on President Vladimir Putin with the launch of Sputnik — a lavishly funded, international media outlet whose advent heralds a silencing of dissent and criticism in Russia. (AP Photo/Alain Jocard, Pool)

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U.S. President Bush, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, wearing traditional Chilean ponchos, are seen prior to the leaders' group photo at the 2004 APEC Summit in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004. (AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Presidential Press Service)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with President Bush as they make their way to a family photo session during the APEC leaders summit in Shanghai, China on Sunday Oct. 21, 2001. (AP Photo/CP, Fred Chartrand)

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President Obama joins Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (second right), Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit Tuesday in Beijing. (Associated Press)

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upper hand: Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) signed a natural gas agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but President Obama is still working on a deal. (RIA Novosti via Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, center, talk on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

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National Edition News cover for October 24, 2014 - Aggressive Putin puts U.S. on the defense: Russia Federation's President Vladimir Putin attends the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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Russian President, Vladimir Putin pumping gas.

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currency: Consumer goods prices and inflation are at all-time highs in Russia, but the country's citizens are hesitant to blame their lot on President Vladimir Putin. Some analysts say such unwillingness may be due to fear of state-sponsored persecution. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered thousands of his country's troops who were posted near the Ukrainian border to return to their permanent bases. A Kremlin spokesman said Putin had ordered approximately 17,600 troops to return home from the southern region of Rostov. The withdrawal may be a sign of goodwill ahead of Putin's trip to Milan on Thursday, where he is set to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and European Union leaders.(AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)