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Does Trump need Russia to contain China?

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Trump doesn't believe Obama
Posted Jan. 2 2017

Donald Trump intends to share what he knows about cyber attacks. "You'll know more on Tuesday or Wednesday," — promised the President-Elect. And said that he is skeptic about US intelligence accusations against Russia.

For now it looks like after inauguration Donald Trump will thoroughly adjust course on foreign policy and perhaps even try to lift some sanctions against Russia. However, Congress intends to strongly oppose these plans.

"We in Congress do not think that the taken measures are sufficient to contain Russia, and in the future you will see strong support from both parties, aimed at strengthening of sanctions", — said yesterday in an interview with ABC, the house of representatives member Adam Schiff. He said that if the President-Elect wants to repeal the sanctions imposed by the current administration, he will face a "strong opposition" from Congress.

But it is important to understand that the recent restrictive measures have been adopted under executive orders of Barack Obama, so the next President can undo them in exactly the same way and without the consent of Congress. As was confirmed by the current administration at a recent briefing. So we will have to see how it plays out.

But in my opinion, the American and Russian leaders have more important things to worry about. For Donald Trump, as you know, the main issue is China. For us — Europe, Syria and Ukraine. Both have something to offer each other, both have slightly inflated expectations about the readiness of the counterpart to make concessions. The intrigue is: what will Trump concede on — and what will Putin. But they have to give, otherwise there is no compromise. Each party should get something.

Relations with the United States today are at such a low level that it will take a year to raise them to the status of at least three years ago. The fun part will begin when Washington will ask Moscow to help in containing Beijing.

Read the whole post here : http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/01/does-trump-need-russia-to-contain-china.html

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