Russia · The Donald Trump Presidency

Encouraging signs in America- Russia relations

In 2016, then- candidate Donald Trump railed against pointless overseas ventures, and sought to warm relations between America and Russia. And for promoting peace, President Trump was then accused of ‘colluding’ with Vladimir Putin on the campaign trail, in an allegedly grand act of treason.

Since then, collusion delusion proponents have largely won out, in the mass pressure that perhaps forced President Trump to change his unorthodox foreign policy.  He has disappointingly continued the war in Afghanistan, escalated tensions with North Korea, Iran, at times Russia and Venezuela, as well as Syria (for a brief while).

However, we should give credit where due, and although the CIA tipping off Russia about an upcoming terror attack is minor in a Presidency’s context, and we don’t necessarily know how pivotal President Trump was here, this news is commendable nonetheless.

As while America and Russia certainly have different allies, they so too have shared foes.

Further, if the two nuclear superpowers could do future work together on combating militant Islam, humanity’s safety would be better for it.

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“Trump Putin call: CIA helped stop Russia terror attack”, BBC, December 17, 2017:

Information provided by the CIA helped Russian security services foil an attack on St Petersburg’s Kazan cathedral, US and Russian leaders say.

President Vladimir Putin phoned Donald Trump to thank him for the information, the White House and Kremlin confirmed.

The attack was allegedly planned to take place on Saturday, Russia says.

A White House statement said “terrorists” were captured prior to an attack “that could have killed large numbers of people”.

Russia’s FSB security service said in a statement on Friday that it had detained seven members of a cell of Islamic State supporters and seized a significant amount of explosives, weapons and extremist literature.

The cell was planning to carry out a suicide attack at a religious institution and kill citizens on Saturday, the FSB statement said (in Russian).

The group was preparing explosions targeting the cathedral and other public places in Russia’s second city, the Kremlin statement said on Sunday.

Mr Putin told Mr Trump that Russia’s special services would hand over information on terror threats to their US counterparts, it added.

Mr Putin had asked the US president to pass on his thanks to the CIA director and the operatives involved, both countries said….

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