Russia and the United States try to mend the breach. Vladimir Putin has welcomed the election of Donald Trump at the White House. And, as proof of the confidence, he quickly called the New York tycoon to congratulate him for the victory and start again the dialogue.
Resumption of dialogue
During the phone call, very friendly, the Kremlin and Washington leaders have expressed the need for a short meeting. The two agreed “on the absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations,” said the statement, and they both endorsed the idea of undertaking joint efforts “to normalize relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues.”
New Cold War
Many situations have caused the frost between Putin and Obama: from Ukrainian crisis to the Syria one, through the deal Snowden (who Moscow provide hospitality ) and accusations of interference by Moscow in the American presidential elections. Interference for the US Democrats have been put in place in order to encourage Trump turn against Hillary Clinton in Moscow views as too hostile and too much in continuity with the Obama presidency.
Now everything is ready for a radical change. The Kremlin said: “The Russian president said he was ready to build a dialogue between partners with the new administration on principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in their internal affairs,”. The USA president’s staff from the New York Trump tower, talks about the need to re-establish “a strong and lasting relationship with Moscow”. Time will tell if the words will follow the facts.
The fact is that Europe is really worried about Trump’s relationship with Russia, but to reassure allies it will be one of the objectives of the last journey of Barack Obama in the Old Continent. In Berlin, the outgoing president will see the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister Theresa May, the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. A summit during which – said Obama in his first press conference after the vote – he will bring a message of Trump: all commitments with NATO will be respected.
Obama in Europe
Time will tell if after words follow the facts . After the harsh criticism of Trump towards Atlantic Alliance during the election campaign. Words that have suggested a USA disengagement especially if other countries do not contribute more to the costs. Obama surely will alert Europe: you have to keep open eyes. And, before leaving for the last trip overseas, he also sends a message to Trump: “Our alliances are crucial for our security.” Not only in Europe, in Asia too.