‘When it comes to double-talk, however, there is no contest. Putin is never going to be a match for Obama at talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.’ Above, Vladimir Putin addresses the  audience during a rally and a concert called “We are together” to support the annexation of  Crimea, on March 18th. The words in the background read, “Crimea is in my heart”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Vladimir Putin may run a vicious regime but the people of Crimea have a right to be accepted as Russian if that’s what they want, which evident(...)