Presidents Putin and Obama are blood brothers joined at the hip with a like disregard of international law when it suits their country’s interest and their individual agenda; but that has been true for Russian and American leaders since at least the Second World War. The only difference is a matter of perspective
Franklin Delano Roosevelt had an evil twin in Joseph Stalin, but he was just as willing as Stalin to flaunt international law. He and Stalin callously carved up Europe into two spheres of influence at the Yalta Conference in 1945 without as much as a “how do you do” to the countries that would be subjugated by Communism for decades. Ironically the conference was held in the now contested Autonomous Republic of Crimea which Vladimir Putin has just graciously annexed to the Russian Federation.
Roosevelt had no qualms in bombing civilian population centers of no military significance such as Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki or of detaining United States citizens of Japanese origin. Stalin’s crimes were so many and so notorious that they do not need listing.
Harry Truman inherited Stalin and acquiesced to Russia’s control of the Baltic States, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia at the Potsdam Conference. His “police action” in Korea was nothing more than an undeclared war in contravention of The Hague and Geneva Conventions.