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Russia's Road to Revive Big-power Status Runs Through the Middle East

Putin sees the region as a zero-sum game against the United States and can respond with sanctions of his own, having created a Mideast presence while America slept

A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el
A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el

In 2005, five years after he was elected Russian president, Vladimir Putin said in a speech that “the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. ... Tens of millions of our citizens and fellow countrymen found themselves outside the Russian Federation.”

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