April 2012 Survey of Developments in U.S.-Russia Relations
In April, Russia continued to argue that the politicization of Russian-American relations from its side, specifically from the beginning of this year, was in the past, and its policy towards the United States would be pragmatic, based on national interests. The main evidence of this was the speech of the elected President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the State Duma on the 11th of April, in which he described NATO as a “throwback to the Cold War”, but admitted that it sometimes played a stabilizing role in international affairs, especially in Afghanistan. “We have to be very pragmatic in defining what we benefit from, whether it is consistent with our national interests or not. Maintaining stability in Afghanistan corresponds to our national interest and we are openly talking about it: we will help you, so we will provide transit” said the Prime Minister. This was the philosophy of Russia’s policy towards the United States.