THE DEMANDS OF WORLD POWER – TODAY
To create a word power one requires ~500M people, nuclear weapons, and sufficient access to natural resources that one can sustain an autarkic economy during a period of long conflict.
Russia cannot be a world power. It isn’t. It’s a gas station with nuclear missiles, a lot of unemployed men, and a history of invading and conquering neighbors. The only reason russia exists is that the rest of the world didn’t shut her out of the financial and economic system out of fear she’d use her missiles.
Canada by contrast has something on the order of 75K total military personnel, which cannot even defend itself without the USA paying for it (just like europe).