RonaldCrump comments on Putin says Russia has no interest in "costly," "meaningless" role as superpower: "
All of this contributes to a broader global strategy of undermining U.S. global power - by attempting to unite the Eurasian region with Russia it keeps a region with great economic potential and geopolitical significance out of America's control.
Moves like intervening in Georgia and annexing Crimea are also about more than just Russian security - they signal to the U.S. and the global community that Russian national interest comes before international obligations (which is in the process of becoming law in Russia). And finally, its intervention in Syria (its first mid to long-term international commitment since the fall of the USSR) demonstrates willingness to directly challenge the U.S. hard power (rather than its soft power, which it has consistently challenged in the UN).
This is part of Russia's quest for a "multipolar" world order - or more specifically, a regional-multipolar world system.
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