Mark N. KATZ
Russia's Greater Middle East Policy: Securing Economic Interests, Courting Islam
Russie.Nei.Visions, No.49, April 2010
Russia's foreign policy toward the Greater Middle East is not an aggressive, anti-Western one, but a defensive policy aimed more at protecting Russian economic interests, working with virtually any government that opposes Sunni radicalism, and preventing Moscow from becoming a target of Muslim anger as occurred during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan (1979-1989) and Chechnya (since 1994).
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