Enough Bear Stroking

Just over a year ago in Stockholm, Russia's Foreign Minister delivered a shocking speech announcing a return to empire and cold war. No more Mr. Nice Guy for "Greater Russia," declared Andrei Kozyrev. "The space of the former Soviet Union . . . is essentially a post-imperial space, where Russia has to defend its interests by all available means, including military and economic ones."

The speech created a sensation. Western delegates were stunned -- until Kozyrev explained an hour later that he was playacting. The speech, he said, was one Moscow hard-liners would deliver were they to seize power. He was...

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