Derek Fraser: What Vladimir Putin wants from the West

November 21, 2014 2:03 PM

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In late October of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, delivered major foreign policy addresses that have perhaps not received all the attention they deserved. Their principal message, as Lavrov declared on Oct. 20, was that the West had to stop acting unilaterally and start taking Russian security and other interests into account. Otherwise, according to Putin, who spoke on Oct. 24, “the symptoms of global anarchy will inevitably grow.”

Lavrov stated that, after the Cold War, the West had not responded to Russia’s proposal to develop an architecture of equal and indivisible security for the Euro-Atlantic space. Instead, it had expanded NATO towards the Russian border. Russia and the West, he said, should now strengthen the Organiza...

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