The United States and Russia have had a tense relationship-focused mostly on rivalry. There was a time when the two countries were both rivals and adversaries. However, the present relationship is focused purely on competition (Wiktorek Sarlo, 2016). The two countries are fighting to see which one is equivalent to the other. First and foremost, if they were rivals, there should not be a diplomatic relationship between the two nations.
Is Putin someone who can be trusted or shares the interests of the United States?
President Putin is an individual who has only the agenda of Russia at heart and cannot be trusted to share the interest of American (Schmidt, 2017). Drawing examples from the Syrian war President Putin is supporting the interest of the Assad Regime while the United States is fighting to remove Assad from power (Luhn, 2016). Consequently, Putin has been accused of financing the hacking of the United States government system to influence the 2016 election. This apparently means that he cannot be trusted to share the interest of Americans.
What approaches have worked for various administrations or not during the Putin era?
Under the reign of Putin regime, Russia has seen some changes for a good while other have not been ones that people can be proud of (Luhn, 2016). Over last few year, the GDP of the country has grown tremendous, but the state only depends on petrol. Additionally, during his reign people who oppose him have been assassinated or exiled.
Do you agree or disagree with the POTUS assertion that Putin is a great leader?
Putin is not a great leader. Under his administration corruption has been ramped with the corruption index in the country being 27 by 2016 (Schmidt, 2017). Similarly, Putin has engaged in activities to eliminate or assassinate his political opposition voice (Wiktorek Sarlo, 2016). Additionally, prominent people in the country who seem to be having a different ideology with Putin are either imprisoned or detained. For instance oil tycoon Mikhali Khodorkovsky for opposing Putin leadership style.
Luhn, A. (2016). 15 years of Vladimir Putin: 15 ways he has changed Russia and the world. the Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2017, from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/06/vladimir-putin-15-ways-he-changed-russia-world
Schmidt, M. (2017). Putin Was the First Alt-President: How the New U.S. Administration Needs to Think about Russia |. Journal.georgetown.edu. Retrieved 9 April 2017, from http://journal.georgetown.edu/putin-was-the-first-alt-president-how-the-new-u-s-administration-needs-to-think-about-russia/
Wiktorek Sarlo, A. (2016). Russian Foreign Policy in the Putin Era: A Conference Report – Foreign Policy Research Institute. Foreign Policy Research Institute. Retrieved 9 April 2017, from http://www.fpri.org/article/2016/05/russian-foreign-policy-putin-era/