The main principle of foreign policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin is the desire to present Russia as a great power in the international arena. This was stated by Director of National intelligence James Clapper at a conference in the Council on foreign relations in new York, said on the website of the organization.
“Vladimir Putin sees Russia as a great country, a great power. Its main goal is to ensure that the US treated Russia as a great power,” said Clapper. However, he acknowledged that Russia is one of the key countries in the international arena.
Responding to a question about how he evaluates the prospects of establishing in Syria zones closed for flights of aircraft, Clapper abstained from a direct answer, but pointed to the fact that the US is “taking very seriously the deployment of Russia in Syria’s modern air defense system to protect their troops,” said TASS. In early October, Russia’s defense Ministry confirmed information about the transfer of s-300 to Syria. Agency spokesman Igor Konashenkov explained that this complex is designed to ensure the security of its naval base in Syrian Tartus and located in the coastal area of the ships of the operative connection of the Russian Navy from the air.
Describing the current state of bilateral relations between Russia and the United States, James Clapper said that they were “very bad, we have a lot of differences, for example, Syria and Ukraine.” “But at the same time, we continue to maintain contact. U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have contacts and it is well,” said the head of National intelligence.
Note that in Moscow the establishment of relations between Russia and the United States in the coming years is considered unlikely, but still do not exclude such development of events. On the eve of Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the probability of maintaining a hostile policy toward Russia under the new U.S. administration is high, and this applies to entered Washington’s sanctions. He suggested that, apparently, “for the next four years at least with the return to a stable, progressive and positive relations between the U.S. and Russia will be a great difficulty.”
Moscow will seek to normalize relations, but the establishment is unlikely, declared the diplomat. “Most likely we will be faced with a high degree of inertia in American politics in the Russian direction, maintaining essentially hostile course,” he concluded.
In mid-October, Vladimir Putin saidthat the United States create the image of the enemy in Russia for use in the election campaign. According to the Russian leader, this is done in order to distract public opinion from domestic problems in the United States. He also expressed the hope that after the election of a new President, relations between Moscow and Washington will be able to recover. The United States presidential election will be held on 8 November.