To Seek Better Relations With Russia If Elected
Trump, the front-runner for the Republican
presidential nomination, has vowed to seek improved
relations with Russia and China if he is elected to
the White House, saying Washington and Moscow
"should seek common ground based on shared
In an April
27 foreign-policy speech, Trump said that while the
United States and Russia had "serious differences,"
he believes it is "absolutely possible" to ease
current tensions with Moscow if Washington
approaches the relationship "from a position of
sense says this cycle -- this horrible cycle of
hostility -- must end, and ideally it will end
soon," Trump said as Russia's ambassador to the
United States, Sergei Kislyak, sat in the front row
for the candidate's wide-ranging speech at the
Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
U.S.-Russian ties have plunged to levels of acrimony
unseen since the end of the Cold War following
Russia's military seizure of Ukraine's Crimean
Peninsula in March 2014 and an ensuing war between
Kyiv's forces and Russia-backed separatists that has
killed more than 9,100 people.
President Barack Obama's administration and the
European Union have slapped several rounds of
sanctions on Moscow in response to Russia's actions
in Ukraine, punitive measures that have angered the
described Obama's overall foreign policy as "a
complete and total disaster," said Washington and
Moscow can find common ground, in part, because
Russia "has also seen the horror of Islamic
the Russians won't be reasonable," Trump said. "I
intend to find out. If we can't make a deal under my
administration, a deal that's great -- not good,
great -- for America, but also good for Russia, then
we will quickly walk from the table. It's as simple
who has served as Moscow's envoy to Washington since
2008, declined to comment on Trump's comments about
Russia when questioned by RFE/RL following the
critical of U.S. allies for not "paying their fair
share of the security burden" and said other NATO
members must step up their spending or Washington
would "let countries defend themselves."
States and its European allies have strengthened
NATO's presence on the alliance's eastern flank,
where member states that were under Moscow's domain
during Soviet times have voiced particular alarm
about Russian expansionism in Ukraine.
has previously said that the Ukraine conflict was
"really a problem that affects Europe a lot more
than it affects us," said that NATO had an "outdated
he said, "we will discuss how we can upgrade NATO's
outdated mission and structure grown out of the Cold
War to confront our shared challenges, including
migration and Islamic terrorism."
the United States was in a "war against radical
Islam" and pledged to wipe out the militant Islamic
State (IS) group that controls parts of Syria and
the spread of radical Islam must be a major
foreign-policy goal of the United States and indeed
the world. Events may require the use of military
force, but it's also a philosophical struggle, like
our long struggle in the Cold War," he said.
accused Obama's policies of turning Iran into "a
great, great power in a short time," and that U.S.
foreign-policy mistakes in Iraq, Egypt, and Libya
had helped to "throw the region into chaos."
is currently far ahead of both U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich in the race
to become the Republican presidential candidate.
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