Ignoring Russia's Interests Is Dangerous for US – American Expert
Dimitri K. Simes, publisher and CEO of the National Interest, calls on the White House to focus on normalizing relations with Russia. In his opinion, the instability in the relations between Washington and Moscow threatens the national interests of the United States.
The analyst is concerned about the likelihood of a direct military confrontation between the two countries. He rightly calls this scenario a "nuclear apocalypse".
In addition, the political expert claims that the confrontation between Moscow and Washington plays into the hands of Beijing. According to him, China can use the growing contradictions between the Kremlin and the White House to expand its influence in the Asia-Pacific region. Finally, excessive US pressure on Russia will force Moscow to increase cooperation with China. In this case, the United States may face a mighty Russian-Chinese military alliance, and then Washington will have to leave the throne of the world hegemon, the analyst wrote.
In his opinion, responsible US government should want to normalize the relationship with Moscow. The objective should not be to become allies or friends, but Washington should seek a narrow dialogue to avoid an unintended military confrontation, manage differences more effectively and, at times, work together where interests and priorities overlap.
The first and most important task for any US administration is to protect the survival and security of the American people. That is why no responsible administration could refuse to pursue a more stable relationship with Russia, expert resumed.