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    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015 (SPIEF 2015) in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    West Began Grabbing Geopolitical Territory After Fall of USSR - Putin

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    After the fall of the Soviet Union, the West began feverishly grabbing geopolitical territory instead of creating relations with newly formed countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

    ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin said:

    “I’m completely convinced that after the so-called bipolar system ceased to exist, after the Soviet Union disappeared of the political map, several of our partners in the West, including the United States first and foremost, came under euphoria and instead of setting up good neighborly and partner relations, they began grabbing free geopolitical space as they saw it.”

    Putin said this was the reason that NATO began its march toward the East.

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