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Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, and Sidney Crosby (87) kiss the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In a series of interviews with American film director Oliver Stone being shown on U.S. television on Monday, June 12, 2017, Putin said that he inquired about Russia joining NATO when then U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Moscow in 2000. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

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FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In a series of interviews with American film director Oliver Stone being shown on U.S. television on Monday, June 12, 2017, Putin said that he inquired about Russia joining NATO when then U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Moscow in 2000. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meets with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the FC Krasnodar Stadium in the southern city of Krasnodar, Russia. The Confederations Cup soccer tournament might have some fans around the world. If so, they should enjoy this one in Russia while they can. FIFA’s eight-nation World Cup rehearsal for the host country, six continental champions and World Cup title-holder is no sure thing to survive for another edition. "If there was no Confed Cup in 2021, I wouldn't be unhappy,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said last month, naming a squad for Russia with only three of his 2014 World Cup players. “I don't think those involved would be unhappy either."(Alexei Druzhinin/Pool Photo via AP, file)

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NATO Irrelevance and Russia Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a state award ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Russian scientists, culture and sports figures were presented with state awards by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. (Alexei Nikolsky/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2016, file photo, former Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. On Thursday, May 18, 2017, a bit over a year after The New York Times revealed the sordid specifics of a doping scandal that pervaded Russia’s Olympic team, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s governing board meets. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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People inside a Megafon mobile phones shop in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 13, 2017. A top Russian mobile operator said Friday it had come under cyberattacks that appeared similar to those that have crippled some U.K. hospitals. Pyotr Lidov, a spokesman for Megafon, said Friday's attacks froze computers in company's offices across Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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People outside a Megafon mobile phone shop in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, May 13, 2017. A top Russian mobile operator said Friday it had come under cyberattacks that appeared similar to those that have crippled some U.K. hospitals. Pyotr Lidov, a spokesman for Megafon, said Friday's attacks froze computers in company's offices across Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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People walk past a Megafon mobile phones shop in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 13, 2017. A top Russian mobile operator said Friday it had come under cyberattacks that appeared similar to those that have crippled some U.K. hospitals. Pyotr Lidov, a spokesman for Megafon, said Friday's attacks froze computers in company's offices across Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2017 file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny poses for a photo after unknown attackers doused him with green antiseptic outside a conference venue in Moscow, Russia. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny wrote on Instagram on Tuesday May 9, 2017 that he has undergone eye surgery in Spain and that doctors expect the vision in his right eye to be restored in several months, after being attacked last month. (Evgeny Feldman/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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Mikoyan MIG-31, supersonic all-weather long-range jets fly over a statue of an angel fixed atop the Alexander Column during the Victory Day military parade in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday, commemorating the Red Army's determination and losses in World War II. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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A participant of parade yawns prior the Victory Day military parade at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday, commemorating the Red Army's determination and losses in World War II. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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Self-propelled artillery vehicles Msta S are transported by trucks after the Victory Day military parade in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday, commemorating the Red Army's determination and losses in World War II. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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A tank driver looks on prior the Victory Day military parade at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday, commemorating the Red Army's determination and losses in World War II. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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Russian soldiers march along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday, commemorating the Red Army's determination and losses in World War II. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Nashville Predators defenseman Yannick Weber (7), of Switzerland, blocks a shot by St. Louis Blues right wing Dmitrij Jaskin (23), of Russia, during the first period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny (26) celebrates with Vladimir Tarasenko (91), of Russia, and Colton Parayko (55) after Stastny scored a goal against the Nashville Predators during the first period in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin attends a briefing in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 5, 2017. Russia's military says the agreement setting up four de-escalation zones in Syria will go into effect at midnight. The military also says the deal, which was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Kazakhstan the day before, could be extended to more areas of the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff, speaks to the media in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 5, 2017. Russia's military says the agreement setting up four de-escalation zones in Syria will go into effect at midnight. The military also says the deal, which was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Kazakhstan the day before, could be extended to more areas of the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)