The Personal Role of President Vladimir Putin in the Russian Foreign Policy towards the South Caucasus

The Russian foreign political course towards three South Caucasian states – Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have altered drastically after the election of Vladimir Putin as a president of the Russian Federation in March 2000. The Russian foreign policy was comparatively stable after the collapse of the Soviet Union in December of 1991. It can be elucidated by the fact that the Russian Federation experienced one of the tremendous social and economic crises in its history. Another ground is that Russia was forced to apply moderate approaches in the foreign policy due to the economic problems and necessity of strategic cooperation with the West.

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