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True, but surely the fundamental failure relates to the shock doctrine reforms imposed on/advised to Russia that turned it effectively into a semi-failed state.

A better, slower transition out to a post-Soviet economy could have helped create a Russia that actually had real economic interests in becoming "part of Europe."

Whether that would have been enough to stave off malign US thinking is debatable, but at least there might have been a chance to create some kind of actual alignment of interests.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Mar 6th, 2015 at 05:42:55 PM EST
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