Kissinger: Chaos in the west could give boost to Russia

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Posted: Jun 27, 2017 1:09 PM
Kissinger: Chaos in the west could give boost to Russia

LONDON (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of Russia's simmering alienation from its western neighbors but says he believed that President Vladimir Putin will ultimately work toward cooperative relationships with countries on its borders.

Speaking at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Security in London Tuesday, Kissinger predicted ongoing friction with Russia over Ukraine and Syria.

"Russia has evolved to what amounts to a definition of absolute security (and) absolute insecurity for some of its neighbors," Kissinger said during the keynote address, adding that Putin's view of international politics is reminiscent of 1930's European nationalist authoritarianism. "Russia wants to be accepted by Europe and transcend it simultaneously."