Vladimir Putin made getting alongside higher with the U.S. one in all his New Yr’s resolutions.
In a telegram to President Trump, the Russian president pushed for “pragmatic cooperation” that permits Washington and the Kremlin to work collectively in 2018. Relations between the international locations have cooled throughout Trump’s tenure regardless of his professed need to develop stronger bonds along with his Russian counterpart.
Trump’s presidency has been haunted by a federal probe into doable connections between his marketing campaign and Moscow in addition to Russia’s efforts to affect the 2016 election.
Whereas Trump has pined for “an awesome relationship with Putin and Russia,” Secretary of State Tillerson has been extra cautious in his evaluation of the previous Soviet Union.
Tillerson mentioned in an editorial this week that the U.S. has a “poor relationship with a resurgent Russia that has invaded its neighbors Georgia and Ukraine within the final decade and undermined the sovereignty of Western nations by meddling in our election and others.”
Putin famous that “the event [of] a constructive Russian-U.S. dialogue is especially necessary for strengthening strategic stability on this planet .”