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  1. The impact on growth in the euro area
    1. An economic slowdown
    2. Employment
  2. Possible solutions
    1. A decline in interest rates
    2. A redefinition of the role of the ECB

Since the end of the Cold War, the Russian-American relations have been fairly addressed. This is partly due to the imbalance of power between the two countries that had prevailed until the coming to power of Vladimir Putin. Russia was in a weak position that was worth to it not being able to truly compete with the United States, which remains the world's greatest power. This inequality has long allowed seeing the alleviated international landscape.

The United States and Russia signed a new agreement to limit their respective nuclear weapons in the last April. The aim of this agreement is to decrease by 30% of their nuclear arsenals compared to the START Treaty signed in 1991. Both parties have committed to reducing their nuclear warheads to 1,550. This joint effort aims to maintain the harmony between the two countries which exist since ten years.

Even since the end of the Cold War, Russia has installed in a position of lagging behind the United States.

Russia is a fragile country economically, socially and democratically. The social
differentiation of incomes remains high. The gap between the incomes of the richest and poorest segments of the population was still 15.1 in 2005. The unemployment rate as of 2006 was 7.3%.

The democracy of Russia is still questionable. The use of the courts to get rid of political opponents remains a common practice. The murder of Ms. Politkovskaya, the 13th journalist killed since the accession to power of Vladimir Putin and Alexander Litivinenko in London, did not affect the popularity of the President in Russia, but have seriously damaged the image of Russia on the international stage.

Tags: Russian and American relations; Cold War; Vladimir Putin; Russian democracy;

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