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Putin is not the master of the ‘new world order’

The Russian President might not fear the west, or seek its approval, but his current imperialist policy is deeply flawed

By James Sherr  

Economic sanctions look set to increase against Putin's Russia ©Robin Utrecht/


Putin plays by rules his opponents fail to understand ©Utrecht Robin/ABACA/Press Association Images

Had Western governments preserved their institutional memory, Russia’s assault on Crimea would not have come as a bolt from the blue. As far back as 1992, Russia declared that it must be a “leader of stability and security in the former USSR”. Since 1993, military doctrines and foreign policy “concepts” have asserted its right to intervene in support of its citizens and “compatriots” abroad. After NATO’s Bucharest summit of…

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