François Fillon, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orban and Norbert Hofer are among the best-known politicians whose names are being whispered in Washington DC as supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin and thus of Russia’s foreign policy. Even though the President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, prefers fruitful cooperation to sterile confrontation with Putin, it is not without some concern that America looks at Europe becoming more and more pro-Russia.
Many within US institutions believe that an improvement in Russian-American relations would be a positive development so that lasting solutions can be envisaged at last, especially in Syria. A substantial portion, however, considers that working with an open mind is as necessary as some basic caution.
There may be common goals however there will still be many discrepancies on the world stage between Washington and Moscow, according to US Intelligence Community (IC)’s people. “Putin is a smart and pragmatic statesman with whom we can work to some extent,” one of them told Cyceon.
“However, Putin will not preside over Russia forever and we must keep in mind that what works tomorrow might not work the day after tomorrow,” one added. The other consensus concerns the fact that the current “Pro-Russia” trend would mostly result from the declining “Pro-America” one. “In recent years, we (the United States) have not lived up to international challenges and our weakness has been the breach in which the Russians have slipped through,” said a former military analyst.
In brief, America, Europe and Russia should fight against a common threat within the framework of Trump’s new foreign policy, but America and Russia will continue to closely monitor each other, with, as always, Europe as a main theater of operations.