Why US-Russia dialogue matters

Sustainability in world peace requires non-confrontational and reasonably harmonious relations between great powers. It is also important to address the problems of the world in a cooperative understanding and to find common platforms for their resolution. The current state of affairs in U.S.-Russia relations is far from such an atmosphere.

During his election campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump gave encouraging signs for a better relationship with Russia. Many believed that dialogue between the two major world powers would open a new era of "detente" and that they would deal with the problems endangering world peace, such as the situation in and around Syria, Libya, Somalia and Afghanistan in a constructive and cooperative manner. That is not happening.

President Trump is under the pressure of domestic investigations on the involvement of Russia in the American presidential election campaign. The long expected meeting between Putin and Trump at the beginning of July in Hamburg on the margins of the G-20 summit did not calm down the process, which is now becoming deeper and wider in the U.S. 

Although he has signed, rather unwillingly, a new bill introducing further sanctions against Russia, Trump has blamed the U.S. Congress as the main body responsible for the deterioration in U.S.-Russia relations. Congress, according to Trump, is now limiting the president's power to negotiate with Russia.

Putin's response was not submissive. Russia has declared that it will expel American diplomats, seize American property in Russia, and will force the U.S. to cut its staff in diplomatic and consular missions in Russia by 755 persons. This is an unprecedented development in U.S.-Russia bilateral relations, even during the Cold War era.

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