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The question of the West's relationship with Russia has been buried by media stories of hacking, sex scandals, and potential blackmail.hard for a Westerner, even one of Russian ancestry like me, to warm to Vladimir Putin's Russia.What seems indisputable is that today's anti-liberal, authoritarian Russia is as much a product of the souring of relations with the West as it is of Russian history or the threat of disintegration that Russia faced in the 1990s.It is simply not true that Russia willingly gave up its empire to join the democratic West, only to be rebuffed by it.Russia's own overture to join NATO in 2001-2002 was predictably rejected.Putin called NATO membership for Ukraine "a direct threat" to Russia.From the perspective of Realpolitik, Putin's intervention in Ukraine was a catastrophic error: In addition to the economic sanctions Russia incurred as a result, Russian policy shifted Ukraine decisively into the Western camp.Trenin believes that the West should fear Russia's weakness more than its imperial designs.
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