Military power has always played an important role in Soviet foreign policies. The ever present complex of capitalist encirclement which the Soviets have incorporated into their military doctrine was the main justification for the maintenance of large military forces. Generally, military power has a long tradition in Russian history. It had always played an important role, even in Imperial Russia. A fact rarely mentioned is that the status of a superpower and the position of an equal among the great world powers, has not been achieved by the Soviet Union since the end of the World War II, but by Imperial Russia at the beginning of the eighteenth century (Cooper 1989, p. 22).
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