Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin seems prepared to throw budgetary caution to the wind as he strives to establish Russia as “the uncontested regional hegemon” in Eurasia, according to American intelligence analysts.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in early February submitted a statement of record to the US Congress that indicated Russia will vigorously pursue efforts aimed at reestablishing the Great Power status that it lost in 1991, when the Soviet Union imploded.
“Despite Russia’s economic slowdown, the Kremlin remains intent on pursuing an assertive foreign policy in 2016,” the statement reads. Likewise, the assessment states that Russia “remains committed to modernizing its military,” even though government revenue has plunged due to the rapid decline of global energy prices.
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