Russian President Vladimir Putin sits before the start of the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou Thomson Reuters
James Stavridis, Foreign Policy: How to negotiate with Putin on anything, according to someone who's done it
Perhaps the most famous piece of stage direction in Western literature occurs in the third act of Shakespeare’s classic play “The Winter’s Tale: “Exit pursued by a bear.” There’s plenty of reason to think that being pursued by a bear, the most iconic image of Russia in international relations, is precisely how the United States must feel at the moment.
Seemingly in every direction we turn, Russia is there, chasing our policy choices off the stage of world events. Despite valiant efforts to negotiate with Russia in Ukraine, Crimea, Syria, Iran, missile defense in Europe, NATO membership, and cybersecurity — to name just a few — Moscow and Washington have serious disagreements.
It’s tempting to think that the root of these disagreements is the difficult personality and background of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who manifests genuine personal dislike for both the United States and President Barack Obama, as well as for NATO. Much of Putin’s political DNA is oriented toward conflict with the West.
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WNU Editor: What's my take .... if you want good relations with Russia and a desire to negotiate with Putin, stay away from writing silly/patronising articles like this one and just focus on the issue(s).