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What does Putin really want?

Russia struggles for great-power status, failing at responsible leadership or balanced relations with the US and China.

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Mr Putin's task - what he wants now - is to restore relations with the US to fashion the urgently needed counterbalance to China.

WHO is Mr Putin? That was the question on everyone's lips 18 years ago when Vladimir Putin, then an obscure government official, was handed the keys to the Kremlin by Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Against all expectations and with great political acumen, Mr Putin used the vast powers of the...

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