Friday, February 28, 2014

U.S. - Russian Relations Are Deteriorating Fast

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and President of the United States of America Barack Obama (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev)

Russia-US Relations Deteriorating -- Voice of America

WASHINGTON — Five years ago, the Obama administration sought a “reset” in relations with Russia - but over the past several years, relations between Washington and Moscow have soured.

The so-called “reset” brought concrete results, such as a major strategic arms control treaty reducing the number of long-range weapons.

In another example of cooperation, analysts point to Moscow’s tougher stance on Iran. Russia voted at the United Nations to impose stricter sanctions on Tehran over its alleged nuclear weapons policy.

Moscow has also allowed American forces to transit through Russia in and out of Afghanistan - an important step as U.S. combat troops wind down their presence in that country.

And Russia joined the World Trade Organization with the strong backing of the United States.

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My Comment: The reset is over .... and events in Ukraine (with strong U.S. backing) is the final nail in the coffin. And while I do not expect a return to the days of the Cold War (the chance of that is zero) .... both sides will pursue their own interests and will deal with each other on a case by case basis. 

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