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Die Presse - Austria | 14/08/2014

Hannes Adomeit counsels Russia against Soviet-style isolationism

The confrontation with the West in the context of the Ukraine crisis is taking Russia back to a Soviet-style planned economy, political scientist Hannes Adomeit of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs contends in the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse: "Above all military cooperation between Western and Russian companies is likely to be out of the question in the foreseeable future. This also pertains to cooperation between Russia and Ukraine. As a result, the Kremlin will have to mobilise its own resources. For the clique around Putin, which has long been pushing for self-reliance and developing Russia's own industrial complex, the disengagement from foreign high technology comes as good news given that it promises them new windfalls. But whether the Russian weapons industry can meet the new challenges is another question altogether. ... Putin has consistently backed the idea that the arms industry can be the 'motor for modernising the entire economy'. If you consider the fate of the Soviet Union as a warning, the path of isolationism is a fatal wrong turn."

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