Author: Yekaterina Kuznetsova

IMAGINARY FRIENDS: WHY RUSSIA HAS NO MORE ALLIES. (By Yekaterina Kuznetsova., Dec. 1, 2015.

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Complete text:) Lately, it has been impossible not to notice changes in Russian President Vladimir Putin's mood and behavior. The forced artificiality of his remarks following the Russian plane crash over the Sinai Peninsula [see Current Digest, Vol. 67, No. 44-45, pp. 11-12] has given way to eloquence; the usual game of hide and seek with society that we have observed in force majeure situations for a second decade in a row has been replaced by a no-nonsense vitality at international forums; the pointedly harsh foreign policy rhetoric has suddenly softened.


Some analysts conclude that the events in Paris [terrorist attacks on Nov. 13; see Current Digest, Vol. 67, No. 47, pp. 3-6 - Trans.] instantly turned Vladimir Putin from a European outcast into a partner. Other [experts] hasten to credit the Russian president with a major foreign policy success in the form of a future antiterrorist coalition. These assessments, however, are purely hypothetical. A thaw in relations between Russian and Western leaders is still up in the air. Sanctions may or may not be lifted. After all, as our television tells us, the sanctions were introduced not by Europeans, but by American puppet masters. And it seems that [US President] Barack Obama, who is nearing the end of his presidential term, has no intention to build another broad coalition to fight terrorism.

This is about something else. For more than a year, Russia has gradually been subjected to open isolation on the part of the West, which has consistently refused to have anything to do with [Moscow]. It turns out that oil and gas are not enough to forge a relationship, and that [our] seemingly super-pragmatic European allies can be lost overnight despite a justifiable reason (as far as the Russian establishment is concerned) - ...

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