Mon, October 08, 2012
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What if Russia-US relations reset?

2012-10-08 08:51:14 GMT2012-10-08 16:51:14(Beijing Time)

Sina English

A new stage of Russian-US relations will start after the presidential election in the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with The Kommersant newspaper.

Lavrov also said that if the ‘resetting’ period lasted too long it would mean an error of the programme. Russia is prepared to resume the dialogue and the US has nothing against it on the official level either.

At the same time, experts of both countries are paying their tribute to the completed period of resetting but are expressing reserved opinions of prospects for our relations in the foreseeable future.

On the whole, expressing a positive attitude to the results of the so-called resetting, Lavrov spoke about the need to protect our mutual achievements from the impact of changing political developments. To achieve this aim, it is necessary to consolidate and develop economic relations between Russia and the US. Most experts agree with this conclusion but they have different opinions of the ability of trade and economic relations to influence political ones.

In recent years, the US has supported Russia in its accession to the WTO and this fact proves that Russia-US relations have started to change.

Russia’s share in the US trade turnover is nearing 1%, which could hardly be considered a serious factor of the bilateral relations.

Tension in relations between the two countries both this and last year could be partially explained by the fact that the initial period of resetting has been completed, Thomas Graham from Kissinger Associates believes.

“That was the return of a dialogue with the US on control over strategic weapons which began 20 years ago. At that time we were a success but later our relations did not move an inch. We cooperate in control over strategic weapons and discuss potential spheres, like anti-missile defence where there has been a zero result so far. We help the US and NATO to keep their positions in Afghanistan and we have agreed to take part in post-war reconstruction in Afghanistan. We have little in common in our attitudes towards Iran, even though we have some common interests there, and we have absolutely nothing in common on Syria,” remarked Thomas Graham.

Thomas Graham believes that the main problem in relations between Moscow and Washington is that there are no positive achievements at the moment that could become a counter-balance to the differences.

At the same time, experts point, US-Chinese relations prove that in spite of numerous political and even military differences, Washington and Beijing still preserve close and wide relations in trade, economy and the humanitarian sphere. Russia does not have such assurance in relations with the US.



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