Выигрышный бросок Путина

ЧЭНДУ (провинция Сычуань, Китай) – После захвата Крыма Россией прошлым летом Запад в отношениях с Россией опирается на стратегию экономических санкций и международной изоляции, чтобы заставить Кремль прекратить поддержку мятежников в Восточной Украине. Но ряд недавних дипломатических успехов Путина, в частности в отношениях с Ираном, Северной Кореей и Пакистаном, почти полностью свел на нет эффективность этой стратегии.

Несомненно, что Путин держался в стороне на саммите «двадцатки» в Брисбене в прошлом месяце, на котором австралийские хозяева и руководители западных стран на двусторонних встречах отчитывали его за нарушение суверенитета Украины и разлад в сотрудничестве с экономическими партнерами на Западе. Путин покинул саммит раньше времени, заявив, что санкции Запада так или иначе наносят гораздо больший ущерб экономикам западных стран, чем России.

Обуздать Путина не удалось, и он предпринял важные инициативы в отношениях со странами, которые вызывают наибольшие тревоги Запада в вопросах безопасности. Активизировалось применение дипломатических рычагов в отношении наиболее важного, хотя и уклончивого партнера ‑ Китая. Как заявил Путин в недавнем интервью, его правительство считает своим долгом позаботиться о том, чтобы Россия не была изолирована за новым «железным занавесом».

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