Putin Signals Russia's Shift to Asia

October 31, 2014 3:27 AM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy address last week drew headlines for being the most anti-American and anti-Western speech of his career. And while he signaled that Russia in the future would therefore depend more heavily on Asia, he did so delicately, seemingly trying to avoid giving the impression that Asia is a sort of rebound relationship after a bad breakup with the West.

“Asia is playing an ever greater role in the world, in the economy and in politics, and there is simply no way we can afford to overlook these developments,” Putin said at the annual gathering of the Valdai Club, a group of international Russia experts, October 24 in Sochi. “Everyone is doing this, ...

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