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For Putin, war is state branding by other means.

Vladimir Putin wants the Black Sea.

Vladimir Putin wants the Black Sea.

Russia’s recent wars in Georgia, Syria, and Ukraine, however, have been military expressions of its government’s desire to lend truth to its pretensions to superpower status. In all three conflicts, Russia’s local interests were debatable, if not negligible; instead, their purpose was first and foremost to demonstrate, for both domestic and international audiences, that Russia is a great power with global reach and aspirations. First objective: the Black Sea. For the Kremlin, war is state branding by other means. Read article here