Vice President Joe Biden simultaneously slammed and complimented Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday afternoon following a speech at the
Brookings Institution on the crisis in Ukraine.

“Putin’s vision has very little to offer the people of Europe” or Russia but “false” promises of a past that “wasn’t all that great to begin with,” Biden told the audience. Biden said that instead of offering leadership and strong institutions, Putin just offers rhetoric and propaganda that equates saber rattling with strength.

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