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WASHINGTON – Vladimir Putin, slated to become the next president of Russia as a result of recent elections, believes that the Obama administration is behind the opposition that seeks to remove him, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

That prospect has made Putin more assertive in reversing the perception of a weakened Russia in the face of what he envisions as a direct Western challenge to the foundation of his country.

Consequently, Putin’s perception could mean a greater prospect for confrontation with the U.S. and the end of the Obama administration’s “reset concept,” according to informed sources.

Putin and others in Russian leadership never were great fans of the reset concept, since it implied restoring the relationship to a period during the George W. Bush administration.

To many Russians, that period was marked by weakness and humiliation and a strong challenge to Russia’s nuclear capabilities, making analysts conclude that it may be very difficult to implement future security agreements with Washington.

Major differences between Moscow and Washington also could make future cooperation in using Russian territory to get supplies to U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan very difficult.

As it now stands, the U.S. is using the Northern Distribution Network, or NDN, to provide supplies after Pakistan cut off supply routes through the Khyber Pass in Pakistan following an attack by U.S. forces that killed some 26 Pakistani soldiers on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In addition to making the flow of supplies through Russia increasingly difficult, the Kremlin also could make it difficult for the supplies to continue through the NDN by applying pressure on former Soviet republics on the route, such as Uzbekistan.

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