May 2012 Survey of Developments in U.S.-Russia Relations
In general, the events of this May spoke in favor of increased pragmatism in the Russia’s foreign policy towards the United States. These events as well reflected positively on the future evolution of relations between the two countries. At the same time, Washington’s policy to maintain a positive course of bilateral relations with Russia remained unchanged, while the probability of a new, serious deterioration in US-Russian relations in the near future was low. U.S.-Russian cooperation in areas of national interest (primarily Afghanistan) will be continued. However, the readiness of Moscow to build up a positive agenda in relations with Washington seems to have decreased.