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Is Trump Really "Friendly" For Russia?
November 14, 2016 23:24


The Foreign Policy Analysis Group:

Characteristics of Donald Trump as a "friendly" candidate for Russia is actively maintained by his political opponents. In his statements, he repeatedly admired leadership qualities of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his team insisted on the exclusion of the thesis of the Republican Party platform on the need to supply arms to Ukraine. Trump also welcomed the start of Russia's military action in Syria and supported the two countries' cooperation in the fight against ISIS. Moreover, Trump did not rule out the lifting of sanctions and recognition of Crimea as Russian territory. Given Trump's commitment to negotiate, the practical realization of these statements in the first place will depend on the nature of the personal relationship between the leaders of the two countries, and secondly, will be the subject of bargaining.

Without a doubt, Trump will ask a high price for US concessions. So far, Trump has all chances to win the sympathy of the Russian leader. Trump promises to begin to treat Russia's interests with respect. Putin characterized Trump as "bright" and "extravagant", and maintained the possibility of developing of bilateral relations.

On the other hand, Trump doesn’t promise cloudless relations with the Russian leader. He believes that the key to a good relationship with Putin is precisely the rigidity in the pursuing of self-interests: this is the only way to achieve mutual respect.
National interests of the United States will not change significantly as a result of elections. After forming his administration's new president will be absorbed by domestic issues. Foreign policy and relations with Russia will depend heavily on current events. Despite welcoming public rhetoric, Donald Trump did not offer anything concrete to improve relations with Russia. His presidency is a big uncertainty for the bilateral relations.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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