buffer state

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a small neutral state between two rival powers

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When Yeltsin released its first ring of buffer states (Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania), Russia was left with two buffer states, Belarus and Ukraine.
I remember being sent by Tony Blair, as Deputy Prime Minister, to talk to the prime ministers of former Russian buffer states wanting to join the EU, such as the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
More than the petro sheikhdoms, guerilla-cum-political movements and superpower financed buffer states, heavy lies the head that wears the crown in Damascus.
For this reviewer, for example, Kentucky in the Civil War was a historical antecedent to contemporary Afghanistan in that both have been politically postured as buffer states during times of political maneuvering.
In Central Europe, its aim is to weaken the ties of such countries as Poland and the Czech Republic to NATO and eventually convert them to buffer states.