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The Kremlin’s overall aim is to use the crisis caused by the Syrian civil war to overcome Russia’s limited isolation, imposed by the West.
The situation of the third sector in Russia, i.e. the civil society structures independent from the state, is worsening on a regular basis.
The agreement concerning Nord Stream-2 represents a success for Russia; it accomplishes the strategic goals of Russian gas policy in Europe.
The agreements highlight Russia’s increasing determination to open itself up to Chinese investments in strategic sectors.