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Fareed speaks with Chrystia Freeland, former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, about U.S.-Russia tensions.
When President Obama says, I'm trying to look forward and I sometimes feel like they slip back into the Cold War, I do think there’s something to this, in the sense that this is not the most sensible strategy for Russia.
If you look at Russia's national interests, what are their big problems? Their big problem is Islamic radicalism to their south. Their other big problems are the long border with China that they've always had. They need the West in ways that would serve Russia's national interests, but don't serve Putin's particular power interests.
Putin is not chiefly concerned about what's good for Russia. He is chiefly concerned with what is good for Putin. And that's where I think, actually, the Cold War analogy is not quite right.
We are not living in this dual power world in which Moscow is the capital of the Soviet Union and is seeking to control a big part of the world. We are living with a Russia which is a much smaller, relatively economically and militarily much weaker country. And a country in which, for all his power, Vladimir Putin doesn't have the Communist Party machine to control his country. He is much more comparable to these sort of classic authoritarian rulers whose control is brittle.