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NATO and Russia do not consider each other as adversaries. They share the goal of overcoming the vestiges of earlier confrontation and competition and of strengthening mutual trust and cooperation. The present Act reaffirms the determination of NATO and Russia to give concrete substance to their shared commitment to build a stable, peaceful and undivided Europe, whole and free, to the benefit of all its peoples.

27 May. 1997 – Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation signed in Paris, France

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Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who said earlier he would be satisfied if NATO located two heavy brigades in Poland, said on arrival at the NATO meeting that he would welcome any NATO forces being stationed there.

Germany’s Steinmeier said the basing of a significant NATO force in Poland would not be completely in line with a 1997 treaty on NATO-Russian cooperation.

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis” BY ADRIAN CROFT AND SABINE SIEBOLDBRUSSELS, Reuters, Tue Apr 1, 2014 7:32pm EDT

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. . . Vladimir Putin has been grasping for a narrative that could legitimize a second decade of his rule.

“Putin’s Fairy Tale: Why Russia Will Try—and Fail—To Build a New Empire” by Alexander Kliment, Foreign Affairs, April 2, 2014.

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Yet, as the portrait of Peter the Great hanging in his office testifies, Putin views himself as a modern day czar, finding threats to his empire intolerable. Seeing himself and Russia as one and the same, Putin is a consummate narcissist whose every move is calculated to protect his image and goals, which are severely threatened by the current crisis.

“Putin the Great: Struggling to Hold on to a Crumbling Empire” –  Jerrold Post and Jennifer McNamara, Huffington Post – Posted: 04/01/2014 5:20 pm EDT Updated: 04/01/2014 5:59 pm EDT

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In 2011, $84 billion of capital fled Russia, and another $33 billion was taken out of the country in the first quarter of 2012, even though the Russian economy is growing and the rest of the world is in a downturn. This money mainly belongs to bureaucrats, siloviki and other mafiosi. These beneficiaries of the mafia state don’t trust their own system, nor do most of them want to live in Russia.

“Why Russia’s Mafia State Is So Inefficient” – Alexei Bayer, The Moscow Times – May. 28 2012 00:00 Last edited 18:38.

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Putin’s Russia: where is it going to go?

Most unfortunately, Putin’s Russia has already gone to Syria where it will be associated with Bashar al-Assad’s brutal repression of what began as a children’s protest representing a true people’s revolution.  True to form in that theater, political ingenuity and a sociopath’s sadism have managed to cast as the main players Assad’s secular-leaning kleptocracy against a motley cloud of al-Qaeda associates with, this from a refugee of the war, the complicity of the regime.

Leave The People of Syria out of it: Putin-Assad-Khamenei have rigged the war that makes them before their own eyes glorious.

Next smart move: responding to another people’s revolution against authoritarian kleptocracy, Putin’s Russia, hiding in insignia-stripped uniforms behind a mighty fortress of unfounded assertions about Ukraine, has planted its field boots in Crimea.

No news there.

However, the swipe of the Bear’s paws in the middle east and in eastern Europe, the essential anomic character of Putin’s calculations on top of ambition, and whatever personal demons might have assailed him on the way to becoming the Godfather of Post-Soviet Russia, have ensured the Russian president’s enmity with the world itself — and the world would seem to be waking to the necessity of defending its interests.

Additional Reference

BackChannels: “Anthropolitical Psychology”.

Gregory, Paul Roderick.  “Want Putin’s Attention on Ukraine?  Follow His Money.”  Forbes, March 3, 2014.

Kasparov, Gary. “On Ukraine, Obama’s Munich Moment.”  Time Magazine, April 1, 2014.

Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the NPT.

Post, Jerrold M.  Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World: The Psychology of Political Behavior.  Cornell UP, 2004.

Pro-east (?) propaganda: “Russian President Vladimir Putin” – “Emperor of the Russian Federation!!!” – YouTube, posted January 9, 2014.

Pro-west propaganda on LiveLeak: “Vladimir Putin: The Last Emperor” –  8/25/2013.

Remnick, David.  “Putin’s Nightingales.”  The New Yorker, April 2, 2014.

Reporters Without Borders.  “Russia”.

RT. “Russian Duma denounces Black Sea Fleet deal with Ukraine.”  March 31, 2014.

Stanovaya, Taliana.  “The Fate of the Nashi Movement: Where Will the Kremlin’s Youth Go?”  The Interpreter.  Institute of Modern Russia, March 26, 2013.

Williams, Carol J.  “Vladimir Putin, Russia’s human tank: Taking Crimea from Ukraine was easy: Any internal debate had already been crushed, and the West didn’t want to get too involved.”  Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2014.

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