Even if around of Russian interference in presidential elections in the United States is not broke such a serious scandal that President Trump would still be extremely difficult to improve relations with Russia, which are now at the lowest point since the end of the cold war.
The differences that now exist between Russia and the United States, it is impossible to resolve. Moreover, President Vladimir Putin has shown a strong effort to preserve his regime, he first need to restore Russia’s mythical glory and a place in the international arena, and not to help the West to build a more stable world.
Mr. trump further complicates the policy-making process of their admiration for Mr. Putin and readiness to deprive US of the status of world leader, which he demonstrated at the summit Big twenty in Germany. The impression that Mr. Trump is much more like to chat with Mr. Putin than with the majority of democratic allies, despite the fact that Mr. Putin has destroyed the opposition in Russia, invaded the Ukraine and attacked the Syrian civilians.
In seeking Mr. trump to improve relations with Russia does nothing wrong, given that Russia is a country with a powerful nuclear Arsenal, and veto power in the UN security Council. However, this does not mean that you can underestimate — as apparently does Mr. trump — the threat posed by the attempts of Mr. Putin to weaken NATO and the transatlantic Alliance, to undermine democratic procedures and institutions in America and Europe to wage war in cyberspace to destabilize Ukraine and increase Russia’s influence in the middle East. Some administration officials trump recognize the existence of these threats. However, Mr. trump does not see them.
One example is coming from him mixed signals about anti-Russian sanctions. Wednesday, July 12, while on Board the presidential plane, flying to Paris, he told reporters: “I never even thought that to abolish them”.
But almost immediately he added that he briefly discussed this issue with Mr. Putin and that he is considering easing sanctions in the framework of the agreement on Ukraine or Syria. Secretary of state USA Rex Tillerson (Rex Tillerson) has made more stringent statement in Kiev last week when he assured the Ukrainian leader that the anti-Russian sanctions will be lifted only in case if Russia will restore the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine. The problem is that before Mr. trump has repeatedly denied the statements of Mr. Tillerson.
In June, the Senate, concerned about the possibility of surrender, Mr. trump, endorsed by 98 votes against two bill that are entered against Russia new sanctions in connection with its intervention in the presidential elections in 2016, and Congress is entitled to block the attempts of the President to waive any sanctions, including those imposed in connection with the invasion of Russia to Ukraine. Now the bill is pending in the House of representatives, where its adoption is hampered by the disputes between the parties. In addition, the White house also tried to weaken the bill. In normal times, the President must have some freedom of action, to soften and toughen sanctions at their discretion, but the intention of Mr. trump’s so suspicious that such a law has become necessary.
Given that is now dependent on energy exports, Russia’s economy is going through hard times, Mr. Putin wants anti-Russian sanctions were lifted. Russian diplomats are trying to convince Washington to restore Russia’s two diplomatic facilities in Maryland and new York, which, according to some, Russia has used to conduct surveillance and that the Obama administration took in response to Russia’s intervention in the elections. However, the US has no reason to listen to these requests, while Mr. Putin did not promise not to interfere in the American elections.
Mr. trump also showed an excessive benevolence, agreeing with Mr. Putin on creation of a joint working group for security in cyberspace — Mr. trump refused his proposal result in collapsed on him avalanche of criticism.
Such subservience Mr. trump has not brought almost any results. Russia still occupies Crimea, which it annexed in 2014, and continues to inflate the war in the East of Ukraine, despite all the promises to cease hostilities, the data in connection with the signing of the Minsk agreement. Mr. Trump also failed to convince Mr. Putin to strengthen economic pressure on North Korea, whose nuclear program is one of the priorities of the foreign policy of the US administration. He was unable to convince Mr. Putin to put an end to the dangerous collision with the American aircraft over the Baltic sea and to return to compliance with the terms of the agreement on the nuclear funds intermediate-range missiles signed in 1987.
It is also worth noting that there are some signs suggesting, including the ceasefire in the South-West of Syria. In addition, the administration has appointed former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Kurt Volker (Kurt Volker), known for his tough stance against Russia, representative in Ukraine. However, many other issues, Mr. Putin apparently doesn’t want to cooperate, and Mr. trump, it’s obviously not worried.