By George Friedman
Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Russian Security Council, said in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets that the United States was trying to weaken Russia in order to gain access to its mineral resources. He added that the “disintegration of the Russian Federation is not ruled out” by the United States. “This will open access to the richest resources for the United States, which believes that Russia possesses them undeservedly.”
Coming from a senior Russian official and former head of the Russian intelligence service close to President Vladimir Putin, this statement has to be taken seriously. This is not because the statement is true, nor even that Patrushev believes it’s true, but because it gives us a sense of how the Russians are framing the ongoing confrontations with the United States and in turn, the reasons for Russia’s problems. The United States is being framed as an existential threat to Russia’s survival because of conscious, inten
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