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Russia asserts in Asia as geopolitical gambit

With continuing uncertainty over his relationship with the West, Putin is now placing greater emphasis on Asia-Pacific, as shown in his hosting of the Eastern Economic Forum this week

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the Zvezda shipyard outside the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on Wednesday, ahead of the start of the Eastern Economic Forum.

VLADIMIR Putin is hosting this week the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostock, the latest Russian attempt to increase influence in its Far East. Yet, this region is far from the only focus of Mr Putin's grand strategy to restore Russia's geopolitical prominence from the Asia-Pacific to the...

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