Asserting a so called Russian soft power

Dwelling on Russia’s new foreign-policy doctrine Ariel Cohen underlines the way that the new Putin doctrine tries to reaffirm power in the near abroad through C.I.S. and to establish a more stable and politically and economically significant relation with China. Though its conclusion that the doctrine marks an “alienation from the West” seems not confirmed by recent events in Cyprus where Russia recognized the crisis as a reserved internal affairs matter, the solemn reinstatement of its Sino-Kremlin strategy presents a major turn towards Asia in the global balance.