Kurilla: I do not expect the U.S. elections to affect Russia in any way, as I do not expect U.S. policy toward Russia will significantly change

PONARS Eurasia
02 Nov 2020

(RFE/RL) MOSCOW -- When Donald Trump was elected U.S. president in 2016, Russian lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky hosted a champagne party in the country's parliament to celebrate the real estate magnate's surprise victory.

"To a new domestic and foreign policy in the U.S.!" Zhirinovsky, a nationalist firebrand and longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin, said as he clinked glasses with officials in Moscow. "And to a speedy improvement of U.S.-Russia relations!" [...]

"Many hopes emerged" in 2016, says Ivan Kurilla, a historian of Russian-American relations at the European University in St. Petersburg. This time, he told RFE/RL, "I do not expect U.S. elections to affect Russia in any way, as I do not expect U.S. policy toward Russia will significantly change." [...]

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