- Not since the end of the Cold War has the rhetoric between Moscow and Washington been so acute.
- Even in American politics, the Putin Factor has become a major campaign issue
Matthew Chance is CNN's senior international correspondent. He has reported extensively on major stories for CNN's global news networks from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Russia and Chechnya, Europe and the Far East. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the author.
(CNN)The catastrophic breakdown of the Syrian truce, less than a week after it came into force, has pushed relations between Russia and the United States to a new low.