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development and their implications for Russia’s relations with its near abroad. The Current … from the 1998 plunge in oil prices and its devastating effects on state finances. Hence … political and economic decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union, … tional Forces in Europe and President Putin’s announcement to target.
Since Tsarist times, creating a successful political succession has always been … prised Russian politicians and analysts, Putin used his annual state-of-the- … economy has experienced little to no growth, and the effects … growth (largely because of high oil and gas prices). … Nationalism in Russia and the Near Abroad.
2 Putin explained, “Instead of establishing a new balance of power, essential for maintain- ing order … ence within its “near abroad” (meaning Russia’s perceived sphere of influence … 5. political and economic cooperation as a partner equal to other … views offer the most-direct implications for U.S. policy toward Russia.