US still Can Normalize Relations with Moscow – American Political Expert
Robert Hutchings, American political scientist, stresses that United States need to avoid a dangerous slide toward confrontation. According to him, Moscow and Washington should seek to resolve the contradictions and find a compromise on the most important problems.
To achieve this goal, it is necessary that Washington stop telling Russians what their interests should be and understand better how Russians see their interests, and then deal with that reality, the analyst writes.
He quotes Winston Churchill, who said that "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". According to the expert, it is important not to forget one more quote: "But perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest".
In his opinion, Russian interests are not that hard to understand. Russians want to be free of outside interference in their internal affairs. They want to protect themselves from the threats emanating from the near abroad, especially Ukraine.
The political scientist claims that the US could signal our acknowledgment of Russia's interests in its immediate neighborhood, but we would make it clear that other countries of Eastern Europe, as NATO allies, are in a different category.
The aim should be not a strategic partnership but a strategic understanding with a country that is a nuclear superpower. Our interests diverge in many ways, but they converge in some, such as avoiding nuclear proliferation, combating terrorism and maintaining a balance of power in Europe and Asia, political analyst resumed.