By Abdulrahman al-Rashed Monday, 14 November 2016
Russia-US relations are important for those in the West and for us. It’s not only important because Russia is an active ally of Iran and a major partner in the war in Syria but also because much of international relations depends on what transpires between Russia and the US.
“A more optimistic projection is the beginning of a new era of greater cooperation between Moscow and Washington”. (AFP)
A more optimistic projection is the beginning of a new era of greater cooperation between Moscow and Washington. The result may be surprising considering the reasonably good relations between the two countries during Barack Obama’s eight years as president.
President-elect Donald Trump has commended Russian leader Vladimir Putin and repeatedly said that he will be able to improve relations with him. However, I haven’t heard any expert who supports this and thinks that the US, under the Republican control in the White House and the Congress, can improve the relations.
Several problems exist between the two sides including the conflict in Ukraine, disagreement over borders and influence of NATO and threats against European interests. Some Republicans blame the Obama administration for not confronting the Russian expansion and for not holding on to their old zones of influence during the days of the Cold War.
Trump possesses a strong character and it is expected that his frequent accusations of Obama policy being weak reflects his true vision which is likely to lead to tensions between the two superpowers unless Russia backs down in Crimea and East Europe. Everyone is waiting for Trump to announce his team and it’s possible that he will choose a Secretary of State from among the hawks in order to demonstrate that Trump’s America is different from Obama’s.