Dancing With The Russian Bear

Tim Whewell looks at the new chill in relations between Russia and the West.

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20081005

In an updated version of a series broadcast earlier this year, and in the light of this summer's conflict between Russia and Georgia, Tim Whewell talks to Kremlin insiders and key players in Europe and America about the new chill between East and West.

1/2: The Jilted Lover

After 9/11, it looked as if the old dividing lines between East and West would disappear, but disagreements over NATO and democracy now threaten relations.

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In an updated version of a series broadcast earlier this year, and in the light of this summer's conflict between Russia and Georgia, Tim Whewell talks to Kremlin insiders and key players in Europe and America about the new chill between East and West.

2/2: The Bear Unbound

How Russia recovered the confidence and strength to reassert its power against the West.

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02* Pipeline Power20080218

Russia is a major supplier of gas to much of Europe, but pipelines to Ukraine were abruptly closed last year during the depths of winter.

Moscow claimed that the reasons for this were purely commercial, but other customers across the continent are wondering who will be next.

Has Russia abandoned its military might in favour of controlling our energy supplies?

03 LASTThe Bear Unbound20080225

Russia is determined to stake its claim as a major world power, but is the rhetoric between the two sides merely an echo from the past? And who is to blame for the new climate of hostility?