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Russia faces tougher Biden but arms talks offer hope

Friday, December 4, 2020

Significance

Biden offers Moscow a more straightforward approach that will make constructive dialogue easier, a genuine interest in finding areas of common agreement but also coherent policymaking that sets clear constraints on Russian actions.

Impacts

  • Biden is unlikely to contemplate a personal meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin any time soon.
  • Putin's talk of a defence alliance with China is probably a rhetorical challenge to Washington, for which Beijing matters more.
  • With Trump gone, Republicans will compete to claim they are tougher on Putin than Biden.
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