Speaking to MSNBC, Carnegie's James F. Collins, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, reflected on the implications of the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he will run for President again next year.

“We have to assume that over the last several years Mr. Putin was ultimately involved in what President Obama has done with President Medvedev via the US-Russia ‘reset,’” Ambassador Collins argued, “so we can assume that there will be a degree of continuity.” Collins added that although Putin had a consistent message to his people and was skilled at political theater, there is still a growing popular disaffection with the Russian government.