United States' former Cold War with the U.S.S.R. is now a frosty diplomatic and political standoff with Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin....
Belarus is the most recent breakaway country to push for reform, which Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin is strongly resisting. All the while, Putin is also expanding cooperation and military materials to anti-U.S. countries such as China, Iran and Syria and in the western hemisphere---like a latter-day Kruschev helped Fidel Castro's communist government in Cuba---and he is trying to bring political and diplomatic pressure on the U.S. not to say anything against such anti-U.S. proliferation and cooperation.
In other words, Putin wants to muzzle the U.S. as he works against us, Israel and the rest of the free world---as he enters Russia into what appears to be shaping up as a developing axis of nuclear and wannabe nuclear nations against the West.
Putin has also been reversing many peristroika-generated democratic reforms in Russia, proving that his former communist ideology and methods while head of the U.S.S.R.'s KGB are still alive and functioning.
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"Russia lashes out at US national strategy"
Russia lashed out on Monday at a U.S. strategy document that was critical of Moscow's democracy record, saying it sent alarming signals about the future of bilateral ties and the direction of Washington foreign policy.
The new national security strategy, published last week, spelled out Washington's concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin was backsliding on democracy and said the Kremlin's policies would shape the U.S.-Russian relationship....
Despite cordial personal relations between Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush, top Washington officials have openly criticized what they see as a Kremlin drive to boost its direct control over the vast country and silence opposition.
Washington has also been worried about Russia's ties with Iran and its attempts to boost its diplomatic presence in the Middle East by courting Syria and radical Muslim group Hamas in the wake of its Palestinian election win. The two-paragraph reference to Russia in the U.S. national security strategy specifically mentioned Moscow's policy in the Middle East and Asia as a factor influencing bilateral ties...."