What Lies Beneath – Russian Politics in the New Reality

Summary:

Recent events confirm that the Russian government is pragmatic and reactive rather than following any kind of strategic vision. The need for financial sector sanctions to be lifted has pushed Russia to work hard with the Obama administration to find a resolution in eastern Ukraine. President Putin’s announcement that he has ordered a winding down of Russia’s military
presence in Syria is consistent with the view that ending financial sector sanctions is the key priority this year.

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