Putin’s foreign policy to focus on the former Soviet states
Vladimir Putin is now officially the president of the Russian Federation. The Electoral Commission of Russia validated today the results of the election. Despite of the massive demonstrations Russia dealt with during Putin’s campaign, the charismatic leader of the largest country in the world is ‘unshakable’ as Stratfor says.
“Even though the protest groups were never a legitimate threat to Putin's power, the persistent demonstrations led the world to question whether Putin was still the unshakable, strong leader of an increasingly powerful country,” reports Stratfor in a recent analysis of the election.
Most of the former Soviet countries quickly conveyed their congratulations to Putin, “reasserting that they are strategic partners with Russia,” adds Stratfor.
The Moldovan premier, Vlad Filat told Vladimir Putin he is convinced that the co-operation relations between Moldova and Russia will dynamically develop in the advantage of both nations.
As Vladimir Putin said, Russia’s foreign policy will concentrate on the former Soviet states the most.
“Russia's resurgence into many of its former Soviet states has been steadily moving forward, and the former Soviet states see Putin's return as a sign that the strategy will continue, if not intensify. Putin confirmed Monday that in his next term as president, Russia's primary foreign policy focus would be on the former Soviet states,” writes Stratfor.
According to the same source, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor personally called Putin to wish him success and offered Germany's "strategic partnership" to Russia.
The reaction coming from Washington was ‘tepid’. “Washington sees Putin's return to the presidency as a sign that the countries' many disagreements could intensify in the future. The United States knows that Putin has been heavily focused on these elections over the past few months,” concludes the American Intelligence Agency.