Bet on the populist: why the election in the United States, Moscow has sympathy for Trump


Putin appreciated the talent

Russian officials have been following the unfolding in the US election campaign. In August of last year, press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov expressed regret that Russian-American relations have become “ritual sacrifice” in the fight between American politicians. The unfortunate press Secretary has caused the words of the party primaries Republican party Jeb Bush, who said that President Vladimir Putin “seeks to challenge America in a global scale.” Jeb Bush refused to participate in the primaries, and the attention of Moscow attracts other Challenger from the Republicans — billionaire Donald trump.

At the end of last year, the high estimation he gave President Putin. While talking to reporters after the annual press conference, Putin called trump a very talented man, “Not our business to determine its merits, it’s a matter of the U.S. voters, but he is the absolute leader of the presidential race”. “He says that he wants to move to a different level of relationship, more dense, deeper level of relations with Russia, how can we not welcome it? Of course, we welcome it”, — said Putin (quote by RIA Novosti). In September last year a spokesman for the Russian leader did not exclude the necessity of Putin’s meeting with trump during his visit, the first in new York for the UN General Assembly, but it did not take place.

Harsh words trump times called the debate, however, Russian officials tend not to see the field where you see the American commentators. In Washington show the double standards, accusing trump, who offered to deny Muslims entry to the U.S., but assuming the freedom of speech in the glorification of Nazism, said in December last year the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.

However, not all statements trump the Russian authorities are lenient. Peskov said that trump, who accused Putin that he uses nuclear rhetoric, “referring to superficial knowledge about a documentary about the Crimea, where appropriate sound question”.

Deputies at trump

Not once during the television broadcasts were positive to trump the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky. “He is a pragmatist. I personally met him 10 years ago, then he was a very active Builder. Me our staff at the UN, introduced him, knowing his sympathy for Russia. We sat and talked, purely, so to speak, familiarity. When he became a presidential candidate, all his statements are correct”, — said Zhirinovsky on the radio station BFM.

The President of the international Committee of the state Duma Alexei Pushkov in his Twitter also often commented on the actions of a Republican. “All the traditional elite — the us and Europe is afraid of trump. And he scares those that can get Western locomotive thumb rail”, — Pushkov considers. He also believes that only one candidate, trump, opposed the cold war with Russia.

“For us it is important that the future President was not just a professional, and was the person responsible to objectively and comprehensively perceived contemporary challenges and threats and, of course, extremely objectively assessed the potential of Russia,” Rossi articulates the expectations from the next President of the United States Deputy Vasily Likhachev, formerly Russia’s permanent representative to the EU. “And Donald trump and Hillary Clinton are the pros and cons in relations with Russia. Trump more actively and wisely use the Russian card, it is curious that his theses and views found sympathy among the electorate. Clinton knows a lot about Russia, but she has a serious problem — she is in captivity sometimes anti-Russian and Russophobic trends that exist in her even since she was first lady,” explains Likhachev. Trump, according to Likhachev, the more prospects for a positive dialogue with Moscow. However, according to the Deputy, Russia should be prepared for any scenario.

Of course, Russian politicians like the fact that trump now says about Russia, but until the candidates speak only in his own name, and their rhetoric may be different from what they will say on the second phase of the campaign (when the fight will take place between the candidate of the Republicans and Democrats), and even more will be different from what will happen after the election, indicating Yuri Rogulev, Director of research USA. Franklin Roosevelt at MSU.

At Clinton against Russia hard, but the rationalist position, you can already imagine, what policies it would pursue if elected, she will promote U.S. interests hard enough, but intentional to create of exacerbations will not, says Rogulev. To predict how it will behave with trump, who will be his adviser on foreign policy, it is impossible, specifies the expert.

Assessment Roguleva, the Russian theme is not among the most important in the campaign as periodic statements of candidates on President Putin to help them explain what they did wrong, whether they are in place of President Barack Obama. Russian-speaking voter is also not a significant group which can influence the vote, says Rogulev.