The Outlook for Russian Foreign Policy: Great Power Restoration. Strategic Forum. Number 52, November 1995.
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC
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The Yeltsin regimes erratic response to Washington--angry threats and broken commitments followed by renewed dialogue and cooperative gestures--might be construed as providing some hope for a return to the pro-U.S. actions of Russias early independence days. Such expectations, however, should be relinquished. As one reformist official has noted privately, the brief period of euphoria in Russian-American relations was an aberration, a time when Russia was weak and hence extremely compliant toward Washington. Moscow is increasing assertiveness since that time, he cautioned, represents a natural correction to that earlier period of pro-Western euphoria.
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