Putin: US-Russia Relationship ‘Getting Worse by the Hour’

As China ties improve, Russia sees US ties continue to deteriorate

It is no secret that US-Russia relations have grown sour in recent years, with the Obama Administration paring back ties, and President Trump aiming to avoid more than the bare minimum contact with Russia. Clearly, this is not an environment for things to improve.

But according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, it’s not just that things are getting bad, “they are in fact deteriorating, getting worse by the hour.” He cautioned things are just getting worse and worse.

The comments were made on state TV, a contrast to comments about improving Russia-China trade ties. Putin reported that trade in 2019 had already exceeded his trade target by $8 billion.

Russian officials are also expressing displeasure at new US military deployments in Poland, seeing them as another concerning move putting more US troops near the Russian border. This has been a source of tensions for years, and is only growing.

Now, US and Russian positions seem to differ on everything, with the US moving away from the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, moving away from existing nuclear treaties with Russia, and dialing up threats on Iran as Russia warns them against such escalation.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.