RFE/RL PRAGUE - A surprising number of contentious issues have clouded Russia's relations with the West in recent months. One of the effects of this tension has been stepped-up calls in Moscow to improve Russia's image abroad through energized public diplomacy. The pro-Kremlin Unified Russia party has urged a public-diplomacy campaign aimed at "protecting the political and economic elite of our country" from mounting Western censure. In recent weeks, the Russian media have raised the specter of a possible looming cold war with the United States. As evidence, they cite the National Securit...
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