How Russia Sees the World



This quote was written in the mid-nineteenth century. More than a century has passed since then but the substance of Russia’s foreign policy has not changed. Russia’s foreign policy has traditionally given priority to Europe, and Russia has traditionally admired Western culture and its way of life. The elite, which determines foreign policy, has long chosen Paris, Berlin, and London over other centers of power. Yet, many in Russia feel chagrined that this orientation has not attracted more interest and appreciation from Western elite. Russians are a fairly emotional people, and seeing their enthusiasm unreciprocated like this has led many Russians to take offense. Under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin from 2000 to 2008, Russia reestablished much of its lost Soviet-era strength. This “new” status has made Russia a valuable partner.


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  1. 1.Nizhny Novgorod State UniversityNizhny NovgorodRussia

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