May 20, 2014

Russia's 21st Century Began in 1991

Richard Lourie, Moscow Times

The Associated Press

The process that had begun with the real beginning of the 21st century in December 1991 had now come full circle. A Russia humiliated by the Soviet failure and by the triumphalism of the West was now back with a vengeance. With the $50 billion Olympics behind it, the Russia of 2014 was not about to allow a failing Ukraine slip into the Western camp. That would mean Russia would be outflanked by NATO from the Baltic to the Black Sea which itself would become a sort of Lake NATO.

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TAGGED: Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, NATO


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