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Russia’s European future

As relations with the West continue to deteriorate, Russia has tried to build a future in which it does not belong to Europe — by looking to Asia. But economic weaknesses, an alienating foreign policy and the rise of China have stunted Russia's pivot to Asia. A reset with Europeans, many of whom are eager to resume business there, is the best way forward. However, Russia and Europe are likely to grow more isolated.

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