I think Russia has simply turned off the American diplomatic and military complexes with their attitude. They never fully shed their paranoid tendencies, and they are starting to interfere with independent countries. That thing is always frowned upon. Well, when OTHER countries beside the U.S. do it, that is.
Russian leaders shed them three times.
America did not bulge.
America did not create the Russian monster.
It only helped a little bit.
Well. Maybe not that little.