Putin’s Russia: Aspiring to a Place of Prominence on the World Stage

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Let there be no mistake, President Vladimir Putin believes Russia’s military intervention has been an unqualified success. As with the annexation of Crimea, now almost three years ago, the West’s efforts to thwart or diminish Putin’s strategic initiatives have failed abjectly. Sanctions have had no effect in mitigating Russia’s actions against Ukraine, either in Crimea or the Don Basin.

Diplomatic efforts, half-hearted support for anti-Assad militias, threats, and rhetoric have done nothing to slow down, much less deter, Russia in Syria. As is becoming increasingly clear, Putin considers Russia firmly re-established in one of the world’s most strategic regions. His current strategy centers around strengthening Russia’s relationship with three powers in the region, Iran, Turkey, and Egypt in addition to securing the continuation of the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

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