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My article, which was published at Elefteros Typos December 11th, titled ” The strategy of Putin’’

It was in February 2007, during the annual conference on international security that Vladimir Putin introduced the doctrine of New- Russia. This was the same logic that he repeated a number of times before, and also in the last G8 meeting in Sochi, because of the penalties that his country had due to its policy on the issue of Ukraine. So what is the essence of this strategy? For the Russian president after the end of the first Cold War between the USSR and the USA, the United States didn’t change their attitude and continued to promote their interests without regard for their associates, especially the Russians. Apart from anti-missile systems installed in Poland, they openly supported the former president of Germany in anti-Russian action, recently supported the neo-Nazi rulers of Ukraine and the jihadist’s opponents of Assad in Syria and Iraq. This US behavior becomes the basis of the strategy of Putin. Basing on the vision of New- Russia, he starts to justify his own choices with his patriotic sense of defense against American aggression. If here we add, of course, from wherever in the Middle East, America has been to, they left chaos, disorder, and ruins and greater insecurity and civil wars (thus allowing Islamists to strengthen), then it can easily be understood that the conspiracy theorists syndrome, becomes the basis of Putin’s strategy. For this old KGB agent, the conspiracy is a food of strength. So he uses it on two fronts: on the outside and the inside. Because thanks to the conspiracy psychology he gathers the Russian people around him. So with the occasion of the US, he dominates his country without any opposition. The geological concern reinforces his vision of the New Russia, by making himself a hero and reinforcing his strategy. According to it, at the practical level, Russia will respond to any aggressive act of the United States. That’s why Putin, since the Georgian war in 2008, came to the annexation of the Crimea in March, or even as a response to ” neo-Nazi ” Ukrainian government seeking annexation of other territories with Russian-speaking population. Today’s Russia is not the old Soviet Union, nor is a carrier of a world ideology or global economic system. It is a strong developing country. Although it has a strong rhetoric of ” moral ” of advantage against “legal nihilism” of the West, however, it lives and acts in today’s modernity, being a pioneer in research issues, technology, manufacturing and scientific innovations. The patriotic Putin’s strategy, that of New-Russia strengthens while the interior of the country adds many external enemies. That’s why the Russian president has proposed a ” global dialogue and compromise ” that will ensure the respect and sovereignty of each State, and take into account together with the Western interests and those of Russia and developing countries. His militant’s proposal has not been heeded. But should it, for the good of the global balance?

Demosthenes Davvetas

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