Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly

| July 30, 2017

A little more than a year after the Russian effort to interfere in the American presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout — an unraveling of the relationship between Moscow and Washington on a scale not seen in decades — is taking its toll.

President Vladimir V. Putin bet that Donald J. Trump, who had spoken fondly of Russia and its authoritarian leader for years, would treat his nation as Mr. Putin has longed to have it treated by the West. That is, as the superpower it once was, or at least a major force to be reckoned with, from Syria to Europe, and boasting a military revived after two decades of neglect.

That bet has now backfired, spectacularly. If the sanctions overwhelmingly passed by Congress last week sent any message to Moscow, it was that Mr. Trump’s hands are now tied in dealing with Moscow, probably for years to come.

For more information on this publication: Please contact the Belfer Communications Office
For Academic Citation: Sanger, David.“Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly.” The New York Times, July 30, 2017.

The Author

Related