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Price for Russian aggression is isolation – MoneyWeek

ThecrisisinSouthOssetiaandGeorgiaremainssmallcomparedtothoseoftheColdWar,butisrealnonetheless,saidMaxHastingsinTheGuardian。

BysendingthousandsoftroopstodefendtheOssetians,whomitregardsasitsowncitizens,Moscowhasshownitsreadinesstouseforceinitsproclaimedsphereofinfluence。

Putinisusingmilitaryactiontomakeapoliticalpoint,agreedSirMikeJacksoninTheSundayTelegraph。

TheWeststriumphalismattheendoftheColdWarcanonlyhavecausedresentment–PutinisdeterminedtorebuildRussiasstature,andheisbeingmuchhelpedinthisbythesurgeinenergyprices。

MorecouldhavebeendoneinthepasttoreassureRussiaofitsinternationalstanding,butitisnottoolate。

Withoutcompromisingourownposition,theWestmustshowgreaterunderstandingforwhyRussiabehavesasitdoes。

Quite,saidHastings。

Putinconductsanuglypolity,buttheWestwillfinditeasiertoco-existwiththistormented,intransigent,melancholy,oil-richneighbourwhenRussiafeelsateasewithitself。

SincetheSovietUnionscollapse,theUShassoughttoexploitRussianweaknessandinstallpro-Westernregimeswhereverfertilesoilcouldbefound。


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