U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/RIA Novosti)
Baltimore Sun: Putin-Obama trust evaporates
How did the "growing trust" that Russian President Vladimir Putin once said marked his "working and personal relationship with President Obama" change into today's deep distrust and saber-rattling?
Their relationship reached its zenith after Mr. Putin persuaded Syria to give up its chemical weapons for verified destruction, enabling Mr. Obama at the last minute to call off, with some grace, plans to attack Syria in late summer 2013. But at an international conference in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi last week, Mr. Putin spoke of the "feverish" state of international relations and lamented: "My personal agreements with the President of the United States have not produced results." He complained about "people in Washington ready to do everything possible to prevent these agreements from being implemented in practice" and, referring to Syria, decried the lack of a "common front against terrorism after such lengthy negotiations, enormous effort, and difficult compromises."
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WNU Editor: The author of this report is primarily blaming the White House for this deep freeze in Russia - U.S. relations. As to what is my take .... this erosion has been going on for a long time, and I blame both parties for the current state of affairs.