The cold war still hasn't ended in spirit?
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They are still rivals and quite hostile to each other. Russia has very few friends (and no, China isn't one of them). The US is allied to states that Russia thinks belong in "its sphere of influence" while Russia sees becoming part of the Western (by becoming part of NATO for example) as humiliating because then they wouldn't feel like being an independent power anymore. The Russian government needs to be very active on the global stage to divert attention away from domestic problems (just like the US has done to a lesser degree in the past). Russia is severely outmatched but stays afloat because of its massive nuclear arsenal and insanely high (relative to GDP, especially considering their low living standard) military/security spending.0