Why Russia Starts So Many Conflicts On Its Own Borders
To Protect its borders, Russia shatters its borderlands. Because of this, Russia's Eurasian borderlands have become an uninterrupted expanse of armed conflict and war. It is part of Russias foreign policy strategy. Over the past two decades, Russia has exploited existing regional conflicts and cleavages, and created new ones. This has prevented neighboring states from turning into more organic regional groupings. However, some parts of Russia say they are a security provider and peace broker, while others are direct parties in these border conflicts. Geographically, some of the countries opt to stay out of this while their neighbors join in on the Russian backed organizations.