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Putin's Chances to Improve Relations with Trump Are Close to Zero, Experts Say


Some experts say that Putin has almost zero chances to reach mutual understanding with Trump. First of all, they remind us that over the first 10 days of his presidency, Donald Trump managed to create as much uncertainty around US-Russia relations that as no other president has ever created even within the first 100 days of their presidency.

 

 

 

 
The overall mood around those relations has turned pessimistic, with fewer optimists expecting any improvement in the bilateral relations between Washington and Moscow. On top of that, the public opinion has changed as well. For example, in November 2016, 54% of the Russians used to expect better relations with the USA, now the amount has shrunk all the way down to just 46%. Moreover, only 7% of them are completely sure that Donald Trump is really going to make friends with Vladimir Putin.
 
Essentially, the prospects of a Russia-US summit have almost vanished over the last few weeks. Instead, all eyes are on the recent phone talk between the two presidents. The Russians were hoping that this phone talk would push Trump closer to canceling the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Obama’s administration and their Western European allies over the situation in Ukraine.
 
Even though Putin and Trump did have a conversation by phone, later on Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia, informed the public that there was no preparation for any serious contacts at that point.
 

 

At the same time, experts draw our attention to another important fact. The thing is that Russia may not really be interested in getting those sanctions canceled. As for Trump, his superficial willingness to make friends with Russia is likely to be dictated by his desire to resolve the issue once and for all and to strike it off the list of major problems as soon as possible. Simply put, it’s not about recognizing Russia as a superpower in the international arena.  

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At this point, for Trump to chance the course, Russia has to offer him something really valuable. However, Putin doesn’t seem to be determined to make any concessions. So far, Donald Trump mentioned that he wants Russia to cut its nuclear arsenal. Later on, he unexpectedly urged Russia to give the Crimea back to Ukraine. This is something the Kremlin is not going to do.
 
So far, the only thing that Russia and the USA have in common is the international terrorism. Both Putin and Trump want to destroy the ISIS and other terrorist organizations operating in the Middle East.
 

 

As for Putin, he is focused on other more important things rather than the sanctions. He hopes that Trump spoils the relation with Western Europe and the NATO. The biggest nightmare for the world is that nobody know what Donald Trump can do next, he is unpredictable.

 

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USA's Ultimatum to NATO: Spend More on Defense

The USA doesn’t seem to want to quit the NATO. However, they are fed up with financing the lion’s share of the alliance.
 
The Pentagon’s ultimatum to the rest of the NATO says:  Either you start spending more money on defense or we start reconsidering our participation in the alliance.
Publication date: 21 February 07:21 AM

Russia Captured the Crimea Because of Obama's Indecisiveness, Trump Says

Donald Trump keeps on making Russia unpleasantly surprised. If a couple of months ago they used to welcome Trump’s victory and hope to make friends with the USA, now they start thinking that maybe Hillary Clinton could have become a better option for Russia as the U.S. President.

 

 
Publication date: 21 February 06:35 AM

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Says Delaying Interest Rate Hikes Is Unwise

According to the Chair of the Federal Reserve, it would be unwise to keep on delaying interest rate hikes. The other day, Janet Yellen told the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve that they might consider another interest rate hike during the forthcoming FOMC meeting.
 
Publication date: 20 February 11:25 AM

The Guardian Questions Relations Between Trump and Putin

According to a number of political observers, including those working for The Guardian, the relation between the USA and Russia has been begging many questions ever since Donald Trump moved to the White House.

 

 
Publication date: 20 February 05:21 AM

New Secretary of the Treasury Says No to Canceling Sanctions against Russia

Even despite the fact that Donald trump unexpectedly become the 45th President of the United States, and he seems to be more loyal to Russia than any U.S. leader over the last couple of decades, Russia has still been failing to find a common language with the USA.
 

 

Donald Trump started his presidency with unpopular decisions. Some of his policies are not welcomed by politicians from both parties, not to mention mass media, secret services and millions of U.S. citizens. Maybe Putin was hoping that Trump would start helping Russia implementing its imperial ambitions despite the public discontent in the USA. But those hopes now seem to be broken. The sanctions will stay effective until Russia gives the Crimea back to Ukraine. That’s the standpoint put forward by Trump’s administration.
Publication date: 20 February 12:03 AM

Trump Leaves Putin Without Key “Trump”

The dialog between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump is following an unexpected scenario. It’s unexpected for Moscow. The Kremlin seems to have lost their key “trump” card in the talks with Washington.

 

 
According to some military experts, even the most unbiased Russian media ignored a sensational statement published by Reuters. To be more specific, Reuters claimed that during the recent phone call to Washington, Putin told Trump that he was ready to discuss the possibility of extending the agreement to cut nuclear arms. The agreement was signed in 2010 in Prague and will expire in 2020.
Publication date: 19 February 03:22 PM

Trump Wants Big Deal with Russia. What May Come out of It?

It’s seems like Donald Trump doesn’t mind creating some kind of an alliance with Vladimir Putin. Is so, can he succeed or will he become another U.S. president fooled by Putin. This is the question a number of international experts are trying to answer.
 

 

For now, the details of the plan are vague. The current ambiguity existing among the representatives of Trump’s administration hints at this fact. Even when the USA's Permanent Representative to the United Nations demanded for the condemnation of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Donald Trump seemed to still have some hope for making friends with Putin. At the same time, he wouldn’t dare say something like ‘the USA is as blood-thirsty as Russia’.
Publication date: 19 February 01:48 PM

Scotland Is Against Brexit

The House of Commons of the British Parliament decided that Prime Minister Theresa May should fulfil the people’s will expressed during the Brexit referendum in summer 2016 and launch the Brexit procedure to quit the European Union. This means that the British government is allowed to start the negotiation with Brussels over the terms and conditions quitting the European Union for good.
 
Publication date: 19 February 05:22 AM

Senate Prepares a Draft Law Forbidding to Cancel Anti-Russian Sanctions

Several members of the U.S. Senate led by ben Cardin and Lindsey Gram prepared a draft law designed so as to make the White House provide the Congress with a detailed explanation if at some point in the future the U.S. Presidents decided to cancel the sanctions imposed on Russia. On top of that, 120 days after the explanation is provided, the Congress will decide whether to support this initiative.
 
Publication date: 16 February 12:16 PM

American Society Is Split by Trump

The American society seems to be split in half – those who support Donald Trump and who hate him. More and more exports who are hostile to the U.S. president say that the American democracy is in jeopardy for the first time in several decades.
 

 

They say that the first three months after Donald Trump won the presidential election are showing us that the American political system is losing its ability to balance and center itself, and this is happening fast. This is mostly about the ability to change the power in a legitimate and peaceful way.
Publication date: 15 February 11:37 AM