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WASHINGTON – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intention to unite the post-Soviet space into a Eurasian Union under the Kremlin’s influence is forming the basis for his foreign and defense policies, but it is running into direct conflict with U.S. interests in the region and that portends renewed Russian-American tensions, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
And Putin doesn’t appear to cut the United States any slack, since sources say that his perception of U.S. interests is to contain a “bigger Russia” in its current borders.
Ever since the Russian invasion of neighboring Georgia in 2008, U.S.-Russian relations have been at a crisis.
The U.S. then denied recognition of Russia’s annexation of the two Georgian breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia while Washington continued to maintain close relations with Tbilisi and continues to back Georgia’s admission into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – a position which led Russia to invade Georgia in the first place.
Now, Georgia has become an avenue for the U.S. to continue bringing vital supplies to U.S. troops in Afghanistan where Georgia continues to send significant numbers of troops.
And recently, there has been talk of Georgia offering a base or two to the U.S. if there is a decision to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
To some observers, Russia’s backing of Iran and Syria in the face of the various issues confronting both countries is indicative of the simmering difficulties between Washington and the Kremlin.
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