The fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation tried to comment on the lifting of sanctions against Iran at the last moment, supporting this move, is a clear indication that Russia is trying to remain a player on the world political arena. Moreover, Moscow wants to show that it is time to lift the sanctions against it too, and to resolve the conflicts diplomatically. However, experts say, the Kremlin has gone too far in its attempts to revive the Soviet Union to play a key role in world politics in line with Western partners.
Firstly, we are talking about foreign politics. Moscow clearly consolidates the post-Soviet space: South Ossetia signed an agreement, which strongly resembles annexation; Kazakhstan and Belarus were offered to form a regional currency union with Russia. Ukraine, which has decided to go its own way, is still under pressure and almost open aggression. However, no matter how weak Kyiv is now due to economic instability and intraoligarchal wars, for Moscow this is not a platform that allows to strengthen its superpower.
Moscow has become a scarecrow in the region. Poland and the Baltic states do not hide the fact that that they are holding exercises to be able to respond to possible aggression of Russia. And Russia has to compete with the EU in its success that looks very miserably. The murder of Nemtsov has led to a new round of confrontation within the country, the opposition has began to talk about the need to change the power in the Kremlin.
It becomes harder to live in Russia, the ruble falls and oil prices decline. It is almost a collapse for raw-material economy of Russia. Plus, corruption and bureaucracy. And the demographic crisis. Today, Russia is experiencing a recession, and all the attempts to make it look like a superpower are stiffly. Putin not only needs to consolidate on the western borders, but not to lose his influence in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Middle East, which is very difficult to do without financial investments. The only thing Putin does not have to worry about is his friendship with North Korea.