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buffer state

Politics a small neutral state between two rival powers
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BITTERLY DIVIDED My main fear was that those buffer states joining these Western institutions would disturb Russia.
The worst possible scenario for the Soviets (and it has come true in this century) was the liberation of buffer states before the final collapse of Germany.
Buffer states that can be strengthened to become more effective insulators against terrorist attacks upon the United States and its interests