America shaped its regional milieu to best serve security and material ends. America also exerted other forms of power.
This even as Russia has withdrawn from Eastern Europe, lost half its populationlacked in modern consumer, agricultural and high-tech sectors and suffered a 50 percent drop in the price of its main oil export.
Russia's economy is smaller than that of England, France or Germany and has not moved towards Western democratic capitalism. Too, Putin is repeatedly pilloried by Western leaders. President Obama, denigrating Russia as only a regional powerproclaimed that Putin resembled a bored kid slouching in the back of the classroom.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel scathingly derided Putin's machismosaying that "I understand why he has to do this -- to prove he's a man.
He's afraid of his own weakness. Its reacquiring Crimea, Southern Ossetia, Abkhazia and part of Left Bank Ukraine in the last decade is secretly welcomed by conservative nationalist leaders with their own aspirations.
With its strong military capabilities, Eurasian geographic location, capable leadership, conservative nationalism and resuscitation of old Cold War relationships, Russia has become a major player in the world.
Alone among the major global powers, Russia is on the offensive and willing to intervene to help its allies. China is still decades away from becoming a superpower. The United States under President Obama is staging a semi-withdrawal from key areas of the world.
Israel and Russia have two billion dollars in trade while Israel sells drones to the Russians. Whether Russia finally will or once again won't sell its S surface to air missile system to Iran is of vital interest to Israel. Russia played a key role in ensuring a lenient nuclear deal for Iran.
Russia is the main weapons supplier to Iran and will build more nuclear power plants like Busheir. This year Cristina Kirchner has visited Moscow to discuss a multi-billion dollar energy deal and defense cooperation.
Russia is backing up Dilma Rousseff's fading Brazilian regime with talk of trade, weapons deals and technical cooperation. The Russian Union Party in Latvia last year won the parliamentary electionswhile in Romania pro-Russian sentiment has surfaced.
Germany, with a large trade relationship with Russia and its past invasions of Russia, has been cautious in dealing with Putin beyond sanctions. The Greek leftist Syriza ruling party leans towards Russia.
France, with a long history of friendly relations with Russia, seems to be thinking of ways to repair its relationship with Russia after cancelling the Mistral warship deal.
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