Vietnam to host Russia’s Putin in nod to old ties, risking ire of the West


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Open this photo in gallery: Vietnamese police officers stand guard near the Opera House in preparation for the security rehearsal ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Vietnam, on June 19.Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters Vietnam prepared on Wednesday to roll out the red carpet for Vladimir Putin in a visit seen as a publicity coup for the Russian president, who is accused of war crimes in Ukraine, while bringing benefits and risks for Hanoi’s Communist leaders. Putin is expected to arrive late Wednesday night in Hanoi, fresh from a visit to Pyongyang, where he embraced North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Although...