Russia Goes on a Global Search for Opportunity

Mar 5, 2019 | 10:00 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) holds a joint press conference with Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez following their meeting in Moscow on Mar. 1, 2019.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) and Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez give a joint press conference following their meeting in Moscow on Mar. 1, 2019.



  • As Russia's standoff with the West intensifies, Moscow will expand ties with non-Western countries around the world, from China and Syria to those in South Asia, South America and Africa. 
  • Russia will be opportunistic in pursuing its strategy, prioritizing countries that present direct economic and security benefits for Moscow, as well as those that offer leverage to the Kremlin in Russia's broader competition with the United States. 
  • Russia will never fully replace its economic ties with the West, but its diversification strategy will grow in scope and breadth so long as the Moscow-West standoff endures.

It's been more than five years since the Euromaidan uprising in Kiev -- an event which began in Ukraine, but whose consequences have reverberated around the world. In addition to sparking Russia's annexation of Crimea and the ongoing separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the uprising drove a wedge between the West and Russia, whose relations have plummeted to their lowest point since the Cold War. The United States and the European Union have sought to economically isolate Moscow through sanctions, while both Russia and NATO have angered each other by engaging in military buildups. But with the Russia-West standoff likely to remain for the long haul, Moscow is now looking at South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America for places to foster economic and security ties -- throwing a wrench into the United States' plans in the process....

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