October 1, 2019: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to president of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov during meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia.(Asatur Yesayants / Shutterstock.com).
Is Russia playing the victim, or is the sense of impending siege justified?

Its new national security strategy may be calculated to appeal to voters, but the West has clearly helped to push Putin’s buttons, too.

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