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    stoop to methods the West cannot emulate without sullying itself

    Hi There;

    I have a paragraph from the Economist, Putin's war on the West. Its context is Mr Vladimir Putin's relations with the West, harsh critism over Mr Putin.
    stoop: If you stoop, you stand or walk with your shoulders bent forwards.
    emulate: If you emulate something or someone, you imitate them because you admire them a great deal.
    sully: If something is sullied by someone else, it is damaged so that it is no longer pure or of such high value.

    Part of the trouble is that Mr Putin plays by different rules; indeed, for him, there are no inviolable rules, nor universal values, nor even cast-iron facts (such as who shot down flight MH17). There are only interests. His Russia has graduated from harassing ambassadors and assassinating critics to invasions. This is one of his assets: a readiness to stoop to methods the West cannot emulate without sullying itself.
    what is "a readiness to stoop to methods the West cannot emulate without sullying itself"? Thanks in advance.
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    Re: stoop to methods the West cannot emulate without sullying itself

    stoop

    debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way
    ;
    - Example: "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"
    (The Free Dictionary)

    Does this other meaning of 'stoop' help?

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    Re: stoop to methods the West cannot emulate without sullying itself

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    (The Free Dictionary)

    Does this other meaning of 'stoop' help?
    No.
    Is below true?

    Analysis of the paragraph
    1. Mr Putin follows a hostile policy over West.
    2. There are many assets in order to perform hostility.
    3. One of the assets that subset of section 2 is stoop to some methods.
    4. What the word "itself" refers to? Mr Putin or West?
    5. These assets are so morally wrong that West can not retaliate to Mr Putin.
    I am not a teacher.

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