News Summary: Putin heads West with eyes on money

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Posted: May 31, 2012 1:33 PM
News Summary: Putin heads West with eyes on money

ROAD TRIP: Russian President Vladimir Putin's first foreign trip after being sworn in for a third term reflects a policy course driven primarily by Russia's economic interests.

RUBLE RUN: Putin travels to Belarus, where Russia has long had designs on economic assets, and from there directly to Germany and France in an attempt to boost ties with the continent's most powerful economies.

ENERGY PLAY: During his visits to Germany and France, Putin is expected to push for broader access to European energy and other markets and to lobby for Russian businesses interested in acquiring European industrial assets.