With the president’s trip to Moscow finished, Russian analysts are praising what they called a “symbolic detente,” but it seems that apart from marginal rhetorical changes, the long-promised “reset” of relations with Russia has little substance behind it.
Analysts insist that even the largely unproductive meeting was “important,” however, as it keeps what little momentum there appears to be for the improved relations alive. Still, the tone was far from cordial however, and was underscored by continued distrust.
Most notably President Obama chastized the Russian government for “interfering” with neighboring states, accusing them of being stuck in “old ways of thinking” and declaring that the “days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over.”
As for the nuclear disarmament agreements, the principle practical goal of the Obama visit, the two sides did agree on a framework of sorts. Yet even in this, results fell far short of expectations, as the cuts were far lower than were previously talked about.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Afghan Rights Group: Many War Crimes Committed in Ghazni Battle - August 15th, 2018
- US to Send More Marines to Norway, Angering Russia - August 15th, 2018
- Gaza Ceasefire Goes Into Effect, Israel Opens Border Crossing to Goods - August 15th, 2018
- Slain Bus Full of Children Raises Questions About US Role in Yemen War - August 15th, 2018
- US Military Spending Bill Could Target al-Jazeera as 'Foreign Agent' - August 15th, 2018