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January 17, 2014

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I think that Russia is opting for something non-material like prestige. Having an allied government outside the former Soviet Union harkens back to the days of old.

(I think this non-material desire is irrational, given the size of the expenditure and the low probability of good returns, but hey.)

I think Russia is primarily concerned about maintaining a geopolitical lever against Turkey, especially Turkey in the NATO actor role.

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