Russian and Eurasian scholar, and former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Stephan Sestanovich isn’t so much criticizing Russian President Vladmir Putin’s New York Times op-ed discouraging U.S. military action in Syria, as he is Putin’s inability to put his America bashing aside in the name of diplomacy.

“A Russian friend of mine says, ‘the thing about Putin you have to understand is that he always overdoes it,’” Sestanovich said. “The opportunity was there for Putin to look like a statesman, and instead he looked like another nasty critic of the United States. Not somebody who was offering the benefits of diplomacy but just somebody who was arguing why the United States shouldn’t act.”

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