Publication: Fortnight in Review Volume: 6 Issue: 15

Sections 1-2-3 (Foreign Policy Concept)Unfortunately, the new Foreign Policy Concept appears to share, along with the other two documents, a blurring of priorities and an absence of conciseness which suggests the document was drafted as much to satisfy a host of different constituencies as to provide a realistic guide to action.In reviewing the concept, some commentators suggested that it reflects a new Russian emphasis on promoting ties with Asia over those with the West.Sections 4-5-6 (oligarchs … etc)Even the Alfa Group, run by Pyotr Aven and Mikhail Fridman, two oligarchs once thought to be favored by Putin, complained that they had been under surveillance since July.”Some oligarchs are rubbing out others,” LUKoil vice president Leonid Fedun pithily asserted in an interview with Financial Times.Section 7 (Belarus)Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin seems, thus far, guided only by the goal of catering to the Belarusan ruler.Section 8 (Krygyzstan terrorists)The minister pronounced the ten guilty of conspiring not only to separate the Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region from China by force, but also to “subvert the governments of other ‘Shanghai Five’ countries.”The timing of Bishkek’s announcement made it look like a gift to China.

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