US-Russian Relations: Friends and Foes

Suspicion and misunderstanding characterise relations between the new boys in the White House and the Kremlin. Washington’s priorities are elsewhere, whereas Moscow is still trying to come to terms with its new status. There will be no bear-hugs between pragmatic partners for now.

The World Today Updated 26 October 2020 Published 1 April 2001 4 minute READ

Jury Sigov

Chief, Washington Bureau of Moscow’s Novye Izvestia Daily

The more the Bush administration settles into at the White House, the more urgent and important foreign policy issues become. One of these inevitable problems is Russia, its leadership and prospects for the relationship between Moscow and Washington for the next four years.

The previous American administration, headed by Bill Clinton, believed that it was possible to successfully work with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that ‘cooperative engagement’ was the best chance to console Moscow on its lost superpower status. In contrast, George Bush’s team is still undecided on how to deal with Putin and his unstable and unpredictable country.

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