Russia is a competitor in the global market like and other industrialized nation. Since Nixon opened trade with China and the end of the Cold War, the US, China, Russia, Great Britain, France and other powerful nations have realized that it is in their best interests to compete with each other in the global marketplace rather than on the battlefield. The may rattle sabers and initiate contained regional conflicts, like the US in Iraq and Russia in Crimea. However, all the major counties know that, in todays interdependent global market, expanding such conflicts or actually engaging in a conflict with each other would end up devastating their own economy, and that nuclear war is unthinkable.
Politicians in these countries may exaggerate the threat posed by another country and talk tough to gain votes, but the boundaries for the extent of such conflicts are known by all of them.