Russia-USA: the end of the reset and the brand new cold war

Russia-USA: the end of the "reset" and a new "cold war"The first meeting between President Obama and President Vladimir Putin as control 2-states had to be a breakthrough, the moment when these prominent politicians leave behind the friction associated with the elections in Russia two months ago.

But the announcement was made on Wednesday that Putin will miss the summit favorites "Big Eight", which will be held the following week at Camp David. Obama has strongly promoted the idea, calling it a successful opportunity to "spend time" together with Putin. This news is burdened by the task of professionals outside of politics in both countries, which are expected to meet, hoping to behold, as the two get along among themselves the favorite.

Meanwhile, during a telephone conversation on Thursday Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured that the cancellation of the visit is no policy about what the official said representative Department of State. Other administration officials said they have taken note of the stated reason for cancellation of the visit Fishing season — He said to Obama that he needs to finish the formation of the Cabinet.

In fact, Putin has warned last Friday that could send yourself instead of the Prime Minister (and former President) Dmitry Medvedev, in doing so at a meeting in Moscow with an assistant, Obama's national security by Thomas Donilon (Thomas E. Donilon), which had to arrange a meeting at Camp David. This was stated by a senior administration official familiar with the details of that meeting.

But is not Medvedev is responsible for the formation of the Cabinet, said Donilon. Putin, according to the administration official said that specifically produces the prime destination for the posts, and he, as president must approve them. Putin has promised to call Obama on Tuesday or Wednesday to say about this decision. On Wednesday, he did just that.

"Well, yes, in Moscow really is a big fight, but I totally do not believe that because of this he can not attend the summit," eight ", — said the director of programs from across the Russian Federation and Eurasia of the Center for Strategic and International research ( CSIS) Kuchins (Andrew Kuchins). — It is really very amazing. It turns out that the governing cabinet of the Prime Minister to come to the summit of G-8 can, and Putin is not? "

Officials from the United States and the Russian Federation said that the presidents will meet in June in Mexico at a meeting of the "Big Twenty".

In regards 2-states remains a lot of annoying reasons, including the deployment of a missile defense system, which takes our homeland as a danger, as Russian actions in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But a sudden change of plans was announced just as the South American and Russian officials have signaled their own willingness to normalize relations after massive anti-American rhetoric, who was present at Putin's election campaign.

Obama waited a few days, and only later called and congratulated Putin on his election. The representative of the white houses explained to the delay busy schedule. "It was a great call, when it took place," — said on Thursday that representative.

In Moscow, Kremlin-watchers observers reported that Putin's decision is an expression of discontent about those annoying reasons. Among them, the State Department's statement about the protests, which were met with Putin's inauguration.

Another annoying point is the further consideration of the bill in Congress aimed at punishing Russian officials involved in human rights violations. It has complicated the administration's efforts to repeal the law of war since the cool, well-known under the name of the Jackson-Vanik amendment. This amendment was introduced trade sanctions against the Russian Union that prevented emigration of Jews. After the collapse of the USSR South American administration, one after the other just refuses to comply with these sanctions on a temporary basis. But our homeland this summer to join the World Trade company, and against U.S. companies because of the acts of the amendment will be applied over the highest tariffs and duties.

The Obama administration, like its predecessor, the administration, is trying to convince Congress to repeal the Jackson-Vanik amendment, but 10's congressmen linked the abolition of the new law, named the naming of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was arrested and died in the slammer after tax fraud trial to expose government officials. Under the provisions of the bill, accused of abuse of bureaucrats from Russia and other places will be deprived of the right to obtain visas, and their assets in the U.S. will be frozen. Administration opposed these provisions, calling them an infringement on the acts of the executive authorities and consular authorities to conduct foreign affairs.

According to Russian bureaucrats tried to convince them that administration will vigorously fight against the law Magnitsky. They complain about the administration, noting that it is not doing enough in this direction. The administration supports the idea behind the bill, but assertively asks to cancel the provisions that are most annoying Russian. The administration supports the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, because it harms the South American companies. The vote on both proposals should be held this year.

Expert on Dmitry Simes (Dimitri K. Simes), who met not so long ago in Moscow with Russian officials stated that the views of the coming around Putin, Our homeland is not enough that she received from the policy of "resetting" Obama and wants to show that the tone of the relationship will change.

"Putin's camp is convinced that Russia had, and that Medvedev showed a certain naivety, building a case with the Obama administration — said Symes, who heads the Center for the public interest (Center for the National Interest). — Putin says about Obama not because Medvedev, and he uses the word "reset". And time does not use the means at their reasons in other words. "

At a Senate hearing Thursday, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Philip Gordon (Philip H. Gordon) referred to a series of agreements with Washington, the president and later prime minister Putin. He said that the return of Putin to the presidency, does not predict a significant departure from the policy of cooperation.

Speaking of Medvedev in a new capacity as Prime Minister, Gordon added: "There is no reason to believe that after the occupation of new posts by these people, we can not achieve success in the practical areas of cooperation, if this is mutual interest."

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