Foreign policy: Success in ‘near abroad’ is main achievement

By Neil Buckley

Foreign policy is an area where Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev and prime minister Vladimir Putin have clashed in recent weeks.

But analysts suggest that, while the clash, after Mr Putin likened western air strikes in Libya to medieval “crusades”, may have reflected genuine differences of opinion, it did not signal any change in Moscow’s more pragmatic foreign policy line.


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