World Politics Review: Russia Is Stronger Than The World Widely Considered

Russian President Vladimir Putin is often referred to as “playing well with weak cards,” according to an interview with Katherine Stoner, a Russia expert at Stanford University, who notes that this traditional view is not entirely true. The podcast with her is published by the World Politics Review.

Ms Stoner argues that not only does Moscow have far more powerful cards than many Western observers might believe, but it is also more willing to play them, and even risky games.

The derogatory statements about Russia by Congressmen John McCain, Mitt Romney, and US Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden were also mentioned as highly erroneous. The latter recently said that the Kremlin "has nothing but oil and nuclear weapons."

Commenting on the comparison of Russia with North Korea heard in the community of specialists, the expert believes that the Russian Federation and the DPRK should not be placed in the same weight category, at least in terms of the degree of global influence. According to her, Russia is a power at the "adult" table, and if we compare it with the United States or the European Union, then if in some way it is inferior to each of them, but in other areas it is stronger.

According to Ms. Stoner, it is geography that plays a significant role in Russia's power. The country borders on 14 states. The influence of the Russian Federation in the Middle East was highlighted, especially in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Iran and Israel. Moscow has achieved this success using a range of instruments ranging from economic to cultural influence. In particular, the Russian language is very prominent in Israel, and personal connections in themselves play an important role.

Another pillar of Russian influence is also associated with the Middle East. In the period from 2003 to 2008, high oil prices allowed Russia to significantly improve its financial position, but Moscow could not influence global quotations in any way, only taking advantage of the already existing demand in the market. In the 2010s, relations with Saudi Arabia and OPEC + made it possible to influence the very value of black gold.

However, Mrs. Stoner's pretending to be original view did not escape the worn-out clichés that were repeatedly encountered in the Western press and the expert community.

In particular, this concerned the situation in Ukraine in 2014. Russia’s tough reaction, according to the expert, is not due to the fact that Nezalezhnaya was striving to join NATO, because at that time such a prospect was not in sight. On the contrary, it is argued that a democratic Ukraine with a market (!) the economy as part of the EU, by her example, she was supposedly capable of threatening the Russian political system.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 22 November 2021 10: 21
    that a democratic Ukraine with a market (!) economy within the EU was supposedly capable of threatening the Russian political system by its example.

    And why, then, was not Ukraine taken to the EU? Or was Russia supposed to feed her, and the collective West to use her body?
    1. Lusis Offline Lusis
      Lusis (lucis) 18 January 2022 21: 07
      Of course, it was meant to be.
  2. avg Offline avg
    avg (Alexander) 22 November 2021 11: 00
    Yes, the example of Ukraine is worthy of imitation ... And so forth, pants up, the whole EU follows Ukraine!
  3. Terry18 Offline Terry18
    Terry18 22 November 2021 17: 06
    In a strong country, the standard of living of people is high and they confidently look into the future of their own and their children. This does not apply to Russia.
    What is strong in Russia is theft and corruption at all levels.
    1. Face Offline Face
      Face (Alexander Lik) 27 November 2021 15: 54
      Orally, Ms. stoner won't cheat
    2. grandfather Mityai (grandfather Mityai) 30 November 2021 15: 25
      You are overwhelmed, the Sisyan business lives in fragile brains.
  4. Face Offline Face
    Face (Alexander Lik) 27 November 2021 15: 58
    Nenene, we are a regional power with an economy torn to shreds, all in electrical tape, with rusty flightless tanks and combat robots in footcloths. Do not believe me, ask Pashka Filkinogramota or Kasparov. They are mega-experts on all issues, especially when it comes to Russia.
    Such lullabies from grantosiks and Serdyukov as head of the Ministry of Defense are what you need.