- Chance: Russian actions abroad are often characterized as sinister attempts to undermine the West
- But in Russia, they are widely seen as a justifiable response to a quarter of a century of Western dominance
Matthew Chance is CNN's senior international correspondent. He has reported extensively on major stories for CNN's global news networks from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Russia and Chechnya, Europe and the Far East. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the author.
(CNN)During the Cold War, two Great Powers faced each other in a military standoff.