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Southeast Asia will not be Russia's lifeline

Western sanctions dampen regional enthusiasm for closer Moscow ties

| Southeast Asia
Vladimir Putin attends the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept. 7: Russia's relations with key Southeast Asia nations now appear in jeopardy.   © TASS Host Photo Agency/Reuters

Richard Heydarian is a senior lecturer at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines and author of "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

Amid punishing Western sanctions in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has pursued a strategic pivot to Asia, offering heavily discounted oil and leveraging its large arms and agriculture industries to woo booming economies in the region.

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