11 Aug 2017
by Alexey Dolinskiy
The Russian leadership was extremely disappointed with the recent turn of the US–Russia relations. Despite a productive presidential meeting, the congressional decision to increase sanctions was clear evidence of no positive change to be expected any time soon. That came as a shock and insult to the Kremlin, which chose not expect any improvement and canceled all its prior efforts to mend the relationship.
Increased military presence in the Baltic Sea increases risk that currently neutral countries will side with NATO. Therefore, President Putin visited Finland to ensure that Helsinki do...