U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that Washington is preparing retaliatory measures in connection with Moscow’s decision to reduce the number of American diplomats in Russia. We will remind that the Russian authorities, in turn, went for it after the adoption in the United States once sanctions package. According to the head of American diplomacy, with reciprocal steps his country will be determined by September 1. According to researcher of the Center for North American studies, IMEMO ran Alexei DAVYDOV, it is likely that these measures will not be too hard. However, this will depend not only on trump and Tillerson, but also from Congress.
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It’s hard to say now what action can be taken, – said Alexey Davydov in conversation with “MK”. They can refer not only to diplomatic work, but may also affect other areas. But in this case it is necessary to remember about the reaction of the White house on the new law on anti-Russian sanctions – he was dissatisfied. Accordingly, one of the important factors when deciding on the response to Russian actions will Congress. And the rigidity of the steps Washington can be disproportionate, depending on how stable you will feel the administration trump. If there is a situation in which the US President does not have to prove congressmen own power, announced Tillerson, the response will not be very hard. I guess it will not go on about something too serious about proportionate response – rather, Washington’s response will be less meaningful than actions.
– Nevertheless, obviously, will be followed by Russia’s reaction. How likely is it that after 1 September will continue the “sharing answers” between the two countries?
All will again depend on the context. If it is obvious that the White house will take retaliatory steps under pressure from Congress and if these measures are not too hard, I think that Russia may respond mildly or not respond at all, as, for example, in the case of expulsion of Russian diplomats at the end of last year. In principle, now we have established cooperation with the current administration, for example, on Syria. And throw each other stones is pointless.
Those issues on which our countries cooperate, in Manila, was actively discussed by Lavrov and Tillerson. But isn’t following the talks, a statement about the impending response of Washington’s evidence that the meeting of foreign Ministers went bad?
The question is, who first addressed the words Tillerson about the response. The main thing in working with the administration of tramp – action, not rhetoric. Long-term strategy for Russian-American relations yet, it is possible to build only on the basis of actual actions. The context in which the statement was made Tillerson, suggests that can work. And, then, with high probability, the words of the Secretary of state was directed primarily at a domestic audience. And I assume that the main target is the U.S. political establishment and the Congress in particular.