The future of the relationship between the incoming Trump administration with Russia and Iran has become a major issue for the mandarins of the Republican Party, which had nominated the tycoon for the presidency, and for the leaders of the US’ European allies. The main concern is the apparent bond emerging between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump and the implications for Syria and Ukraine but also what it entails in terms of the lack of balance between Putin’s experience and shrewdness and Trump’s inexperience and foreign policy illiteracy. The controversy regarding the future of the nuclear deal with Iran follows two different directions between the European leaders keen to maintain the agreement and leaders of the Republican Party who want to tighten the conditions of the deal’s implementation and monitoring mechanisms in parallel with preparations for snapping back sanctions on Tehran and returning the military option to the table in the event of Iranian breaches.
Softening his approach
Russia is in permanent need of an enemy in the West, especially the US. It is also not yet ready to abandon its bid to settle the battle in Aleppo and this will not affect its ambition to begin a truce with the US under TrumpRaghida Dergham