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America Can’t Stop Talking About Us, A View From Moscow

Russia has become a main theme in the U.S. In part, perhaps, this is a sign of success of the Kremlin’s politics. But both Putin and Trump will have to compromise if they want to change things.

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MOSCOW — There won't be any reset button for relations with Russia: We either get along or we don't. Moscow should not have "hacked" into U.S. servers, as Donald Trump has now acknowledged that pro-Kremlin hackers were most likely responsible for the cyber attacks. We can now analyze the "Russian components' of statements last week by both the president-elect and his nominee for secretary of state, the former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.

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Russia

Trump, A 'Pragmatist' In Russian Eyes

WORLDCRUNCH NOTE TO READERS: This article was originally published in Kommersant on Nov. 10, two days after Donald Trump's election win. Since then, there have been reports that Russian computer hackers may have interfered in the U.S. election in Trump's favor. Also Trump had since called Taiwan's president, sparking a diplomatic row with China. Nevertheless, we believe the broader viewpoints of Russian experts of the shape of Trump's presidency is worth reading.

MOSCOW — The U.S. president-elect has not yet delved into the details of the many foreign policy dossiers, and we are still waiting to find out which of his campaign promises will be fulfilled. And it is telling that Donald Trump's first speech after winning the election was almost entirely devoted to issues of domestic policy. Still, even this address could be key to understanding how he will approach his international priorities. By repeating his resolve to make "America great again," Trump has left little doubt that he will be putting national interests first.

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