Some said that it seems as if Putin is being used as a familiar boogeyman by Western leaders simply to distract from their own problems. After all, if it was simply a matter of principle, then surely the denunciations of places like China and many others would take precedence over Russia.
Exactly. I am fed up with Russia being labeled a boogeyman at every opportunity. It may or maynot be so, but if it is, it is a poor second to a wealthy and ambitious China with their "One Belt, One Road" initiative.