President Vladimir Putin’s self-created image of statesman fielding the Syria crisis and hosting major summits is seen by many in the West as part of stealthy manoeuvring on his part to place Russia back into a position of Cold War-era power. And with that power has come increasingly vocal threats to a number of post-Soviet countries with whom the European Union is seeking deeper relations through its Eastern Partnership programme. Brussels must decide the value of drawing those states ever closer or leaving Mr Putin to achieve his ambition of embracing them into his Eurasian Union.

WHILE the world at large is focused on watching the crisis in Syria, the Kremlin is busy pursuing a mor...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia’s high-profile participation at these important events reflects the Kremlin’s ambitions to resume a leading role in global politics
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