Russia’s Increasing Gravity

by Nathan Hamm on 11/11/2004

EurasiaNet has thankfully balanced its recently depressing parade of authors and reporting with a piece by Ariel Cohen on the stakes for Russia in Ukraine’s presidential election.*

Given the high strategic stakes involved, observers in Washington believe Russia is willing to go to great lengths to secure Yanukovich’s election. His victory would free Russia to devote more attention and resources to bolstering its geopolitical interests elsewhere, in particular Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Cohen notes that a Yanukovcih victory would allow Russia to turn its attentions more towards Uzbekistan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan, all of which show something of an independent streak.

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