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Putin’s New Premier Reaches Out to West With Bid for OECD Ties

  • Mishustin ordered govt to revive links put on hold in 2014
  • Westward turn seen as necessary after China tilt goes too far
Mikhail Mishustin

Mikhail Mishustin

Photographer: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Russia’s new prime minister has ordered his government to revive Russia’s ties with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in what looks like a longshot bid to reopen links with western institutions severed after the Ukraine crisis began in 2014.

Mikhail Mishustin asked subordinates to draft a plan to rebuild links to the Paris-based organization, possibly even restarting Russia’s efforts to join, according to three people familiar with the effort. The OECD put Russia’s bid on hold after the U.S. and European Union imposed sanctions on Russia after its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.