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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hitting Rock Bottom: U.S.-Russian Relations Plunge Again

Alexander Baunov

The Russian leadership has precipitated an even graver confrontation with the United States, abandoning its ambition for a diplomatic leadership role in Syria. The rupture looks like a preemptive strike by Russia in the context of the U.S. election campaign.
Russia has made an unexpected maneuver by declaring an ostentatious break with the United States on a broad front.
Until recently, everything seemed to be moving in the opposite direction, with Russia coveting an international “diplomatic victory” that restored its status in the West and presupposed support from the United States. In Syria, where Moscow has increasingly set the agenda over the past year, it had largely accomplished that goal.
Yet on October 3, Moscow said it was pulling out of the U.S.-Russia Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, signed in 2000. The two countries have traded threats and accusations on a whole series of issues, and relations have abruptly dropped to a new low. http://carnegie.ru/commentary/?fa=64816&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTVRaaU0yTTNaamMwWlRJdyIsInQiOiJ6VkFOUUlybTV4NHhUWVkyZ2VvRjRLRG9qYTJ2N1oya3RXRXFkQ1o5cW1nWDd0SHdDWHRHb0FwbCtrTGpVNjY0c1ZuWThIUzhTUGxRMkxqM2I0QkRBVDdySHNZRHNrSWpUQ0dcL0lYZzdcL2JzPSJ9

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