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Russia: Why Does Moscow’s Perennial Quest for Recognition Go Nowhere?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with US President Donald Trump on May 10. Lavrov’s haughty and mocking behavior surrounding the Oval Office visit represented a major misstep for Moscow and exemplified how Russia’s insecurity has driven it to go about trying to gain parity with Western powers in all the wrong ways. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The rise of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States was supposed to be a boon for Russia. Instead, it has become a source of profound disappointment for the Kremlin.
 
Russia’s expectation was that Trump’s remarkable electoral victory would enable Moscow to achieve a long-standing goal – to be regarded as Washington’s equal as a global player. But geopolitical parity once again has turned out to be elusive for Russian leaders.
 
And now, it is hard to imagine how the United States can engage Russia in any constructive way for the foreseeable future, given that Trump finds himself embroiled in a burgeoning scandal relating to his campaign’s and administration’s dealings with Russian officials, and his firing of FBI Director James Comey amid the agency’s ongoing investigation into those ties.
 

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Igor Torbakov is Senior Fellow at Uppsala University and at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden.

Russia: Why Does Moscow’s Perennial Quest for Recognition Go Nowhere?

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