Trump, the President Russia needed to increase its power
Mainstream media has taken the route which requires less intellectual elasticity by portraying the relationship between Trump and Putin as one of forbidden love.
Remember that in most cases, each President stands for his or her own country. Putin has made it clear that his number one priority is to increase Russia’s influence. Having Trump as President ,if anything, has probably lubricated that process.
Understanding Russia’s strategic moves:
The 2013 Rosneft’s agreement was one of many strategic moves between China and Russia in which Russia agreed to supply 365m tones of oil , to the value of $270bn, to China .In 2014, China and Russia made another notable agreement in which a $400bn gas supply deal was signed. A deal like this makes Russia less reliable on Europe and an increased dependency on China, the next worlds super power. It is expected that gas will account for more than 10% of China’s energy supply by 2020.
Later this year, Putin is also set to make a visit to China of which he will be part of the “Silk Road — One Road, One Belt” initiative. The Silk Road is a trading route covering about 65 percent of the world’s population, one-third of the world’s GDP, and a quarter of global trade.
Russia has not only strengthened its ties with the EU as its third largest trading partner, but its also a BRICS member (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) of whom the population of these countries represent just over 40% of the worlds population and over 20% of global economic output.
Does Putin feel the same way that Trump feels about him?
At the 2013 Valdai International Discussion Club, Putin said that he believed that his country deserved the best quality of power in the world, and whether it’s ideal for other countries or not, is a question that is yet to be answered. His narrative is no different than any other President. It just happens that other are more vocal about their intentions .
He has continuously questioned the Democracy of the United States, “Because if we are speaking about democracy, twice in the history of the United States were cases where the President was elected by the majority of the electors who were supported by a minority of the voters…that is a draw back in its democracy .We all have problems.” Added Putin. During the 2016 US Presidential run, when asked about his relationship with Trump, he added that the US was not democratic.
He further emphasized that it is the people of Russia that should chose its direction, and not people from abroad.
The relations between the US and Russia are not certain as mainstream media highly misinforms, but with two of the most vocal Presidents who at a drop of a dime are willing to hang each others laundry , we at least able to get an insight of how the elite “slow-dance”, to rave songs.