Saturday 27 August 2022

From Anatole Lieven's review of Philip Short's new biography of Putin

'Short’s ultimate conclusion is a profoundly pessimistic one: that largely irrespective of individual leadership on either side, American determination to pursue unilateral global leadership (and European acquiescence in this) was bound to bring America and Russia into confrontation, given Russia’s determination to remain one pole of a multipolar world. “America, the global power, believes that its role is to lead. Russia refuses to be led.”'

The review is here. Jack Matlock, the penultimate US Ambassador to the USSR, posted it on Facebook with the one word 'Important!"

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