The case of premium Russian confirms the difficulty of a reconciliation Trump-Putin

L’affaire des primes russes confirme la difficulté d’un rapprochement Trump-Poutine

Washington | The first term of Donald Trump at the White House was marked by the unsuccessful attempts of rapprochement with Russia. And now that it is nearing its end, this desire bute still and always on the news.

A complex case came to remind to what extent a standardization turns out to be impossible for the president of the United States, which had yet to propose once again to invite the next G7 summit with his counterpart Vladimir Putin, which had been excluded in 2014 in what was then the G8 to have annexed Crimea.

According to the New York Times, u.s. intelligence has acquired the conviction that Moscow had distributed bonuses to the insurgents to kill american soldiers in Afghanistan.

The republican president he was informed, as was stated by several media outlets ? And if yes, why hasn’t he responded ? And if not, why his entourage was there held that the commander-in-chief was not to be put on the perfume of an event at this point explosive ?

Questions and speculation abound from this weekend, strengthened by a communication to the confused White House.

After you have ensured that the secret service had not considered the information “credible,” the presidency was finally assured on Monday that there was “no consensus” at this stage within the information. And as a result Donald Trump had not been briefed on this issue before it bursts at the great day.

But too late, the us political class, viscerally anti-Russian, had already stepped up to the plate.

“A disaster”

With Donald Trump, “all roads lead to Putin”, launched the president democratic party of the House of representatives Nancy Pelosi.

Republican senator Cory Gardner has even called for Russia to be listed on the black list of States supporting terrorism.

Because the folder in Russian is one of the only ones on which the camp of the president railed against his boss.

The suspicion against her is rooted in his promise pre-election to an upturn in relations with Vladimir Putin, but also on the suspicion of collusion between the Kremlin and its campaign team who have poisoned a good part of his mandate.

And Donald Trump has put more oil on the fire in the summer of 2018 in Helsinki when he seemed to want to believe the Russian president who had to deny in head-to-head interference in the us presidential election of 2016 – which makes no doubt, however, for the american intelligence.

“It was a disaster,” recalls James Jay Carafano, of the foundation’s conservative Heritage. “I think the president has learned the lessons,” he told AFP.

All american presidents, since the end of the cold War, have pledged to improve ties with Moscow, with mixed results.

According to James Jay Carafano, who was a member of the transition team, Donald Trump just after his election, his own promises were “as superficial as those of others.”

“Entrance door”

“He didn’t have a secret plan to improve relations with Russia”, he says.

The problem, summed up there without detours, “is that to have better relations with Russia, it would be necessary to change Putin”, “and there is not the slightest sign that Putin wants to change”.

This expert defends, however, the current policy of the administration Trump, who in fact has displayed a degree of firmness against the Russians.

The information on premiums, russians in Afghanistan confirms that a reconciliation is “not an option”, he says again.

For Matthew Rojansky of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, she shows how relations have deteriorated.

“For those who follow the record, it is not surprising to learn that the Russians are looking for how to kill Americans. We are in conflict with these people,” he says.

Six years of sanctions have proven that the United States could “do a little evil to Russia, but not to the point to make him change his attitude.”

And according to him, the escalation is likely to continue, especially as Moscow does not really seem to focus on the president-candidate Trump as in the past.

This expert pointed out, however, that even during the darkest hours of the cold War, the dialogue has not been completely broken.

The two rival powers could therefore take advantage of the discussions which they have launched last week on the treaty New Start nuclear arms to deepen their exchanges.

“If one is looking for a front door, this is the one”, says Matthew Rojansky.

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