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(From The Moscow Times)
Western leaders who have yet to come to terms with a newly enriched, and newly empowered, Russia are largely to blame for the strain in relations with Moscow.
That was the consensus of most Russian officials, public figures and political analysts -- including many regarded as pro-Western -- at a one-day conference Tuesday at Moscow's Ararat Park Hyatt hotel.
"I am an avid supporter of developing relations with the West," Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, said at the beginning of the conference. "But the West should not be telling Russia that it is headed in the wrong direction."
Lilia Shevtsova, a political analyst with the Carnegie Moscow Center, and Viktor …