In scathing final assessment Russian Prime Minister Medvedev accuses former US President Obama of wrecking US-Russian relations by paying no heed to Russian concerns and by underestimating Russia.
Reflecting the fact that contacts between the Russian government and Trump’s team were put on hold during the transition, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov reveals that no discussions have yet taken place about a Putin-Trump summit, and one is not expected for several months.
Russian Constitutional Court for the first time strikes down a Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, saying that its award of $2 billion to the former shareholders of Yukos, the former company of the fugitive Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, is contrary to Russia’s Constitution.
In a gesture to the incoming Trump administration Russia invites the US to attend the forthcoming Syrian peace conference in Astana, calculating that it makes better sense to have the US on side with the process rather than left outside seeking to disrupt it. Iran however makes its skepticism clear.
Any comprehensive deal for a genuine reset of relations between a Donald Trump led US and Russia will have to address the three issues that concern the Russians most. These are (1) NATO expansion; (2) anti ballistic missile defence; and (3) the US’s regime change policy.