FROM HILLARY TO TRUMP: WHAT THE KREMLIN CAN EXPECT FROM THE CANDIDATES

Author: Aleksei Baier

(By Aleksei Baier. Slon.ru, March 3, 2016, https://slon.ru/posts/64746. Condensed text:) While it may not have provided any definitive answers, Super Tuesday [March 1] in the US at least clarified a few things about the presidential race. Hillary Clinton emerged victorious for the Democrats, and Donald Trump is the Republican to beat. Both won seven states out of 11. For the Democrats, [Bernie] Sanders won four states, including his home state of Vermont. For the Republicans, Ted Cruz won his native Texas, as well as nearby Oklahoma and far-off Alaska. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio, the last hope of the Republican ruling establishment in its "stop Trump" project, finally won a state - Minnesota.

Now, it is possible to take a look at how the leading candidates plan to tackle US foreign policy - particularly, how they plan to build relations with Russia.

The USSR was naturally at the center of American foreign policy during the entire postwar period, and all problems that American presidents faced were in one way or another connected with Moscow: the loss of China, the Korean war, the [1956] events in Hungary, the Berlin Wall, the shock following the launch of the first Soviet satellite, Cuba, the Vietnam War and much more. Granted, starting in the mid-1990s, Russia exited the stage of US interests for about a decade. But it made a comeback by the 2008 [US] presidential election, thanks largely to the efforts of cold war veteran John McCain, the Republican candidate in that election.

Since then, Russia has stepped up its activity in the global arena, and will most likely continue to play a central role in the current presidential race. Especially since by getting involved in the Syrian conflict, Moscow stumbled into an area of crucial importance for

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Americans - Islamist terrorism.

The Republicans are harshly criticizing [US President Barack] Obama's ...

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