Russia and South-West Asia: a view from the region
Sezer, Duygu B.
Oxford University Press
207 - 226
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Russia and Asia: the emerging security agenda
SIPRI Monograph Series
This chapter explores the main direction, purposes and priorities of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation in South-West Asia1 as it evolved in the 1990s. Like tsarist Russia, the former Soviet Union was a powerful force in this region. A weakened Russia in the 1990s has lost its predominant position in much of South-West Asia. Primarily because it forms Russia’s turbulent ‘south’ and strong geopolitical interests are at stake, however, South-West Asia and its several subregions continue to occupy an important place in the country’s foreign and security policies.