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On Russia’s popular weekly television news show Vesti Nedeli, host Dmitry Kiselyov said last Sunday that relations between Moscow and Washington are approaching the level seen during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Such comments might easily be dismissed abroad as hyperbole by an outspoken television anchormen. But the remarks by Kiselyov, who heads the state-owned Rossiya Segodnya news agency and was sanctioned by the EU for his role in Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, point to an awkward truth...

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