The West has used the Russian government to try to stop Islamic State, which has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq.
The Western strategy has been to put pressure on the Russian economy, and it has been working.
The Russian government has tried to make Russia more attractive to Western investors.
But in recent months, Russian officials have been stepping up pressure on Western companies that invest in Russia.
The Kremlin is also using the economic pressure to put a spotlight on the West’s hypocrisy in the Middle East.
The West’s efforts to get more money from Russia are not new.
The West, and the European Union in particular, has long used Russia to raise money and build infrastructure.
In recent years, however, Western policymakers have tried to use the Kremlin to further their own agenda.
Western countries and their European allies are now demanding that Russia curb its human rights record, support democracy and political parties, and engage in negotiations with Iran.
The United States has also been pushing for Russian engagement in the fight against Islamic State and has tried, in recent years at least, to put the brakes on Moscow’s aid to Syria.
The new Russian intervention is part of that effort, and Russian leaders are eager to see it succeed.
“The West has been trying to get Russia to help them in the West,” said a Western diplomat who has met with Russian officials.
“Russia is the only country in the world that has not supported any of the Western wars in the region.
It’s Russia that is trying to stop them.
Western leaders are also trying to use Russian influence in the EU to persuade Moscow to make the European Commission open up its internal borders to Russian migrants.
But Russia has also resisted the pressure.
Russia has repeatedly refused to allow the EU’s internal borders for migrants to be open, as the United States does.
In January, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Europe could open its internal border for Russian migrants in return for a guarantee that they would not be persecuted.
But the EU has yet to make any such promise.
Western diplomats said that, despite Western promises, Moscow is not eager to open its borders to Russians, nor is it willing to open the borders of other countries.
The Russians are also skeptical of Western claims that Russia is a major player in the energy sector, saying that the energy market is dominated by state-controlled companies and that the country does not need Western oil.
As part of its efforts to expand the Russian-speaking population in Europe, Western leaders have also begun to push for the EU, which holds a 30% share in Russia, to open up to Russian speakers.
On Tuesday, a group of Western officials will meet with representatives of the European Parliament, and on Wednesday, they will meet privately with European ambassadors to Moscow.
At the same time, Western officials are working to get a handle on how to counter Moscow’s efforts.
Western governments are not alone in trying to find a way to make their countries more attractive and to make Russians more willing to invest.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has also tried to convince Western investors that the West is on their side, especially after it is becoming increasingly difficult to bring Russian oil into the West.
But Western policymakers say that their efforts are only part of a strategy to counter Russia’s influence.
The next phase is to try and influence how Russia treats the West in the future, said the diplomat.
If Putin continues to do what he has been doing, and uses Western economic pressure against the West, then the West will have to find another way to confront him.