Israel can't get Russia on its side. Nor would they want to. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Lima
    • 04.10.11 | 11:37 (IST)

    Russia is actually one of those countries that has clear foreign policy objectives and a consistent foreign policy. The personal opinion of Putin vis-a-vis the Jews is not going to change that policy. It is very unclear what the Russians would actually provide Israel as a strategic ally over what the Americans are providing. Their technology is obsolete. Their economy is relatively small compared to the American bloc of countries. They are also unlikely to send $3B to Israel on an annual basis. There is also very little that the Israelis can provide the Russians. There may be some advanced weapons (UAVs, avionics), perhaps some intelligence, but not much else. The two countries are just not natural allies. The Russians also just do not have the power to be able to dominate the region like the Americans have been doing until recently. In other words, the Russians are likely to continue to play their usual game - as a spoiler. The whole point of the Russian policy in the Middle East is to get the US to waste resources while having chips that the Russians can use to pursue their own interests closer to home (Baltics, Ukraine, Caucus, Central Asia).

    from the article: Looking at Putin and seeing Lieberman
    First published 03:30 04.10.11 | Last updated 03:30 04.10.11
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