Russia Never Hits First, But Acts Always In Response: And Here Are 8 Historical Reasons Why

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It is a generally accepted opinion nowadays that whatever international conflict or tension exists, there is always a track behind it. A Russian track. It is almost unanimously believed that Russia strikes first to exercise its imperialistic expansionism. However, has Russia been historically an international despot, or it is just perceived so? Let us have a quick fact check of the largest international conflicts for the last two centuries and see what they tell us.

Electoral Backlash: Why Russians Don’t See Any Alternatives to Vladimir Putin

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With the expulsion of the Russian diplomats by the UK, the U.S. and some European countries, President Vladimir Putin’s ranking among Russians remains robust and high. Paradoxically, the Western pressure on the Russian leader contributed to his landslide victory during the presidential race and increased the voter turnout. In this hostile environment, Russians don’t see alternatives to the current President.

Alexei Gromyko: Science and Diplomacy go Shoulder to Shoulder

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The new conflict, or better said misunderstanding, is growing between Russia and the collective West. A logical zeitgeist forms – that the avenues for cooperation between the two parties grow smaller every day. Mutual distrust, media sensationalism and Western political figures brazenly shouting about Russian isolation/aggression etc. further adds to the rift, and further points Russia away to the East. In Russia itself, the way that is presented, is that closer cooperation with eastern countries is something qualitatively new.

Theresa May – Crime That Fosters Solidarity

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The international scandal around the poisoning of a former colonel of Russia’s GRU Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is gaining momentum. State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin considers that the responsibility for the assassination of Skripal and other citizens of the Russian Federation rests with the United Kingdom and British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to divert suspicion from her country.