It is likely that the U.S.-Russian relationship will recede into the background and the U.S.-Chinese dynamic will take center stage, as one would expect based on the American-Chinese codependence. Loud and visible debates on Russia and a relatively subdued conversation about China in the latest U.S. policy discussions raise questions. … [Read more...] about Will Trump Outsmart Putin? Or Will Putin Outsmart Trump?
With the help of Russian air power and Iranian-backed militias, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has put rebels on the back foot over the last year. The wide array of mostly Sunni rebels include jihadist factions and other groups supported by Turkey, the United States and Gulf monarchies. … [Read more...] about The U.S.-Russian Ceasefire Deal Brokered by Trump and Putin Holds in Southwest Syria
But Putin does not need to have read every diplomat report, every one of Kislyak's reports or even a single one of them to know if he met Trump officials. "We don't know what was in those reports, but given the importance of the U.S. to Russia, it seems improbable, at the very least, that Putin was unaware of the encounters," Lyne says. Even if so, this issue, which has been at the forefront of U.S. news for months, could be clarified for Putin by a simple call to the foreign ministry. Putin told Kelly that he saw no need to do so, as he had trust in his team to choose when to inform him. … [Read more...] about Putin’s Claims on Meetings with Trump Officials, Analyzed by Experts: “Hardly Believable”
Putin's former chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, who now serves as his ecology representative, reacted to Trump's decision with resignation, saying the choice was "predictable" based on Trump's campaign claims. Putin aide Andrei Belousov voiced disappointment. "Russia is currently studying the issue of the U.S. exit from the Paris agreement, regarding this decision with great regret," he said, RIA Novosti reported. … [Read more...] about Putin Doesn’t Blame Trump for Quitting Paris Climate Deal, Unlike Most World Leaders
Responding to Kelly's unrelenting line of questions about reports of Russian interference in the U.S. and European political systems, Putin reached for a controversial comparison, complaining that blaming Russians for the U.S. election had become a cliché tantamount to the anti-Semitic idea of "blaming the Jews." … [Read more...] about Putin: Russia Being Persecuted Like Jews, Megyn Kelly Needs a ‘Pill’ for Her Hysteria