Bromance or fireworks for Putin?

James Nixey assesses the prospects for US-Russian relations

The World Today Published 9 December 2016 Updated 26 November 2020 2 minute READ

Until the President-elect takes office with his new team and meets Vladimir Putin, the most judicious advice on Russian-Western relations under a Trump administration would be ‘wait and see’.

At this stage two key unknowns stand out. First: will the new American president go with his pronouncements and have Putin as his ‘new best friend’; or will he listen to the mainstream of the Republican Party, to say nothing of his intelligence briefings, and adopt a more steadfast attitude towards the Kremlin and its desire for a re-ordered global hierarchy?

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