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Russia: weekly report (03.06-09.06)

This report presents key events that had an important impact on political, economic and social processes inside Russia.

Based on the results of the past week, the following trends can be summarized as follows:

  • Russia has recently demonstrated increasing ambition in its attempt to shape an alternative public opinion among Western audiences. Vladimir Putin’s numerous interviews and public statements are designed to demonstrate Russia’s readiness to conduct “peace talks” with Ukraine. In this context, the conditions of such negotiations and the associated risks for both Ukraine and the West are automatically put out of the picture. However, such a trend is quite dangerous and requires increased attention to its promotion. 
  • Putin is increasingly trying to legalize the thesis that he is not going to go to war with NATO and use nuclear weapons. Such an approach looks like an attempt to demonstrate conditional “starting positions” for global negotiations, but it looks extremely unconvincing in the eyes of Western politicians.  Such attempts look like nothing more than empty ploys and do not produce similar responses from the West demonstrating willingness to negotiate with the Kremlin. 
  • It is crucial for Putin to demonstrate that the geography of Russia’s sphere of influence in Latin America has seriously expanded beyond the traditional Cuba-Venezuela-Nicaragua. Bolivia is  a case for the U.S., as attempts to install a puppet government in this country have ended in fiasco for the U.S., as well as a number of other attempts to reformat Latin American politics. In fact, such Kremlin activity is an important geopolitical factor in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election and can be perceived as a possible “bargaining chip” in the search for common ground on a number of other strategic issues. 

This digest examines the following issues that were most relevant to Russia between June 3rd and June 9th:

1. Meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council;

2. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Andrei Turchak;

3. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with members of the Government;

4. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with heads of international news agencies;

5. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Bolivian President Luis Alberto Arce Catacora;

6. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with President Milorad Dodik of the Republika Srpska;

7. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe;

8. Plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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This report presents key events that had an important impact on political, economic and social processes inside Russia.

Based on the results of the past week, the following trends can be summarized as follows:

  • Russia has recently demonstrated increasing ambition in its attempt to shape an alternative public opinion among Western audiences. Vladimir Putin’s numerous interviews and public statements are designed to demonstrate Russia’s readiness to conduct “peace talks” with Ukraine. In this context, the conditions of such negotiations and the associated risks for both Ukraine and the West are automatically put out of the picture. However, such a trend is quite dangerous and requires increased attention to its promotion. 
  • Putin is increasingly trying to legalize the thesis that he is not going to go to war with NATO and use nuclear weapons. Such an approach looks like an attempt to demonstrate conditional “starting positions” for global negotiations, but it looks extremely unconvincing in the eyes of Western politicians.  Such attempts look like nothing more than empty ploys and do not produce similar responses from the West demonstrating willingness to negotiate with the Kremlin. 
  • It is crucial for Putin to demonstrate that the geography of Russia’s sphere of influence in Latin America has seriously expanded beyond the traditional Cuba-Venezuela-Nicaragua. Bolivia is  a case for the U.S., as attempts to install a puppet government in this country have ended in fiasco for the U.S., as well as a number of other attempts to reformat Latin American politics. In fact, such Kremlin activity is an important geopolitical factor in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election and can be perceived as a possible “bargaining chip” in the search for common ground on a number of other strategic issues. 

This digest examines the following issues that were most relevant to Russia between June 3rd and June 9th:

1. Meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council;

2. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Andrei Turchak;

3. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with members of the Government;

4. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with heads of international news agencies;

5. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Bolivian President Luis Alberto Arce Catacora;

6. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with President Milorad Dodik of the Republika Srpska;

7. Vladimir Putin’s meeting with President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe;

8. Plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

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