America's Russia Policy: Will the Zero-Sum Game Continue?
The psychological compatibility of Russian and American leaders is a crucial problem typical of the countries’ bilateral relations. Public altercations between Vladimir Putin and Hillary Clinton are a well-known fact. But the lack of anything like this in Putin-Trump relations is encouraging. Both politicians have repeatedly spoken about each other sympathetically, and certainly hope to find a common language and style of relations. But this does not yet guarantee success. It should be recalled that there was rapport between Putin and G.W. Bush too, but it was Bush who authorized unacceptable for Russia steps in the area of nuclear security, NATO expansion and global regime change.