But now, four years later, one of hardman President Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers says the previously tamed Russian Bear is set on mauling any remaining ties with the West — a move that could result in a Cold War lasting a century.

Vladislav Surkov is among Putin’s most trusted confidants and is a key player in the President’s coterie of strategists and thinkers.

He points to the Crimean land-grab from Ukraine as the opening salvo in a series of era-defining skirmishes with Western powers that could set the Motherland on the path of indefinite isolation.

In a move with the potential to rile his chest-thumping leader, Mr Sukov wrote in a recent article that Russia is on the verge of entering “100 years of solitude” due to its blatant aggression. ..Read More..

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