Why are re­la­tions with the West so bad?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

Putin saw a grave threat to Rus­sia’s iden­tity in the ex­pan­sion of NATO into East­ern Europe, and in the pro-Western “color revo­lu­tions” in the for­mer Soviet satel­lite states of Ge­or­gia and Ukraine in 2003–04. Rus­sian in­flu­ence has since been re­asserted by force. In 2008, Putin’s troops in­vaded Ge­or­gia in sup­port of the pro-Rus­sian break­away re­gions of South Os­se­tia and Abk­hazia; in 2014, fol­low­ing a pop­u­lar up­ris­ing that ousted Ukraine’s pro-Krem­lin pres­i­dent, Vik­tor Yanukovych, Rus­sian forces an­nexed Crimea and launched a covert in­va­sion of east­ern Ukraine.

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