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The Implications of Putin's Return to Presidency

At a recent event, Angela Stent discussed the announcement by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that he will run in, and surely win, Russia's presidential election to be held next spring. According to Stent, it is unlikely that Putin’s return to presidency will lead to any drastic policy changes toward the United States, as any major decision made by current president Dmitri Medvedev, including the negotiation of the START treaty, would have had Putin’s approval.

  • Angela Stent is a nonresident senior fellow in Foreign Policy and director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University, where she also serves as a professor of government studies. She is an expert on Russia and Russian relations with Europe and the United States. Her forthcoming book is entitled The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, January 2014).