US-Russian Relations: Where to Now?
US-Russian relations are more fraught than ever or, to quote Dmitry Peskov, “The relations now have hit the bottom.” That each country’s ambassador to the other country has been recalled “for consultation” is simply one manifestation of the new level of tension. More specifically, it is at Russian initiative. Russia recalled its ambassador from Washington in anger after President Biden in a TV interview labeled President Putin “a killer.” It then urged the US ambassador to return home in the wake of the latest wave of US sanctions imposed on Russia. Both of these triggering events, however, are but the tip of an iceberg in which the relationship remains frozen.