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January 2012 Survey of Developments in U.S.-Russia Relations

Working Group on the Future of the US-Russia Relations. 2012.

In January 2012 Russian-American relations entered an off-season, as election campaigns in both countries have gone into high gear and foreign relations have been made a tool of each country’s domestic political struggle. In Russia, there was a surge of critical rhetoric against the United States from officials representing the ruling government and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and in the U.S., a tide of anti-Russian rhetoric by almost all Republican presidential candidates. As a result, each country decided to halt discussion of the majority of the most controversial issues of the bilateral agenda, and postponed the real negotiations of such issues as missile defense and further reduction of nuclear weapons for the year 2013. As a result of the election campaigns in Russia and the US, their diplomatic flexibility on the other important issues of their agenda, such as Iran and Syria, has diminished.