AMERICAN RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA TODAY
U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS. Russia recognized the United States on October 28, , and diplomatic relations between the United States and. The relationship between the United States and Russia is worse now Braun said it may not be the same political landscape today, but it's still. The Relationship of the United States with Russia and capitalist structures, Cold War history still colors U.S.-Russian relations today..
Relations between Russia and the U. Inthe sides signed the START II arms control treaty that was designed to ban the use of multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles MIRVs on intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs ; the treaty was eventually ratified by both countries, yet it was never implemented and was formally abandoned infollowing the US's withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
At the end of the s, relations started to fray as Moscow grew suspicious about Washington's intentions in the light of the first phase of the NATO eastward expansion.
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Bushthe United States and Russia began to have serious disagreements. Under Putin, Russia became more assertive in international affairs; under Bush, the U. The Russian leadership blamed U. Putin called the decision a mistake. Crimea has been a historic part of Russia.
It was part of Russia until it was given to Ukraine in for political reasons. And yet when this happened, America under the leadership of former President Obama decided to take a confrontational stance on the issue with demands that Russia give Crimea back to Ukraine. This is a breathtaking level of hypocrisy on the part of the U. S, considering America's invasion of Iraq, and the long laundry list of American invasions and bombings of other countries since The notion that Crimea is part of Ukraine is also ludicrous.
We are not going to get into all the details of who's right and who's wrong in the disputes between Ukraine and Russia. Both sides have some very legitimate grievances. We have both Russian and Ukrainian friends. However we have to look at the overall picture.
Crimea is essential to Russian security and is not essential to American security. We don't see a logical endgame in America's current very confrontational policy to Russia.
Does anybody in America really think the Russians are going to give back Crimea? So what is the endgame? We have a proposed endgame, which is an internationally supervised plebiscite for Ukraine where the parts that might want to join Russia could join Russia.
The parts that want to stay with the very unstable state of the Ukraine can stay there. If anybody has a better proposal that works we'd be glad to support it.
At the completion of a plebiscite, all EU and American sanctions against Russia should be lifted. Currently Ukraine is being encouraged to take a highly confrontational position against Russia by the West. Does the West plan to go to war if things get worse? There is an ominous comparison to the false promises of Britain and France to Poland before World War II where the Poles were led to believe that any attack by Germany would lead to a massive invasion of Germany by France. This was a lie from day one.
The Poles were left to be crushed by Germany. Ukraine is not a member of NATO. The West is very unlikely to intervene if worst comes to worst.
Furthermore, a war in Ukraine could lead to a wider war. Inall the leaders of Europe knew that the outbreak of war would be a total catastrophe. Yet World War I began and set in motion a chain of catastrophic events for life on this planet. One of the most important events of the last 20 years, which is really not widely discussed in America, has been the expansion of NATO to the east in total contradiction to what the Russians were promised when they agreed to evacuate Germany and Eastern Europe.
And yes, this was specifically promised even though Americans have tried to pretend it wasn't. The facts of this matter are a hundred percent clear. This is particularly true of the Baltic states, which are very close to St. These are essential Russian security interests, and the American people do not fully understand that NATO is a legally binding military alliance. Any conflict along the borders with Russia will trigger war with Russia.
That's what NATO means. Some people who say that everybody's going to be so smart and so clever that this won't happen. That's very fatuous and very dangerous thinking.
In the study of war, you must understand the concept of national prestige. Countries go to war because they feel their prestige is threatened, or they feel they have to keep a commitment. This was the genesis of the catastrophe of And NATO, again, is a legally binding alliance. The United States is committed to going to war if fighting breaks out, for instance, between Latvia and Russia. Now how many Americans have ever even heard of Latvia?
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So our point is that American policy toward Russia, since the end of the Cold War, has been anything but neutral, and anything but friendly. That's the background that we need to look at. These missile launchers can also launch long-range cruise missiles to attack Russia. The missile tubes will handle both ABM missiles and cruise missiles. This is a highly provocative move, which moves the world closer to a nuclear hair-trigger. Russia has every reason to perceive this as a potential nuclear threat.
This is a lunatic fantasy. Plunging Russia into chaos is not likely to bring to power "moderate" leaders. Instead it is more likely to produce either chaos or extreme nationalist and religious leaders.
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Think about these people in charge of Russia's nuclear arsenal. The Western economies are not in good shape. They still haven't fully recovered from the economic disasters of Whole new piles of debt have been run up.
Huge amounts of funny money have been printed. And this is also a serious situation. The last thing anybody needs is an increased huge arms race draining money out of the economy.
Also, the world trade economy as we know it requires the free flow of capital and relatively good relations among all nations. If America is going to start seizing other people's money right and left to back up its political points of view, this is going to cause people to pull out of the world economic system. Still another problem that's occurred is that America's confrontational approach to Russia is driving Russia into the arms of China. And there has been talk in the Trump Administration of pursuing further hostilities with China.
The Russians and the Chinese really don't like each other. They have a long history of border conflicts.
But America could create a Russia-China axis which would be very damaging in the long run. So all these are extremely negative events. They may choose to adopt a long term policy of confrontation. They may feel that military action may be worth the cost and the risk.
This is a road we must not take. The heart of the matter is the Ukraine situation. The Ukraine situation needs to be resolved and the sanctions against Russia need to be lifted. Is the United States going to blow up the world in a dispute over Ukraine? The state of Ukraine is a complete mess and so do we want to destroy the world because of Ukraine? That doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It really doesn't, and the Russians have shown they are willing to negotiate, America has not shown it's willing to negotiate.
That situation needs to change. The Ukraine situation needs to be resolved. There is also a dispute in Syria. Syria is a much more complicated situation because you have a whole series of other actors involved such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and so on. But actions also need to be taken there to work toward a peace or something that at least looks like peace.Russian Studies Professor: US-Russia Relations Are 'More Dangerous' Than Ever Before
The big picture here is that Russia must be integrated into a world system of security, this doesn't mean that America should tolerate outrageous Russian behavior. But far more efforts should be made to resolve the situation and bring Russia back into a cooperative system of security. That's the bottom line and failure to do so has the most ominous dangers for America.
Things get out of control. One action leads to another action. That's the lesson of history. Those who oppose these policies should understand that they are pushing the world toward nuclear war. That's what they're doing. And even if that doesn't happen, a conventional war would be horrendous and a new huge arms race would have devastating consequences for the world.
So all these things are very negative and very dangerous. Thus Russia and America should have incentives to negotiate. The problem is America. Putin has shown himself to be very flexible to negotiate. America now needs to show that it is flexible to negotiate and bring this crisis to a conclusion.