Unfortunately, sometimes we seem to have followed policies calculated to annoy Russia without actually accomplishing anything thereby. (I do not mind annoying them, but only if there is something gained.) As I see it, the "near abroad" is probably going to be their playground, while the "far abroad" is part of OUR Cold War winnings, which we ought to plan on keeping out of the Russian sphere of influence. I think that Russia wants to be part of the West and ALSO to be a Great Power and, preferably, The Great Power. Deterrence is part of what is needed to incline Russia to emphasize the first part and put off pursuit of the second.
Golitsyn: a BS artist playing on his alleged insights to peddle books and lectures to the gullible.