On November 8, 2016 the United States held presidential elections that opened a new chapter in the history of this country. Republican candidate Donald Trump, who became the forty-fifth U.S. President, declared a serious shift from his predecessors’ policies in many areas — from health and migration policies to relations with allies and leading international organizations. His sometimes unexpected and generally supportive statements about Russia sparked hopes that relations between Moscow and Washington had already passed their lowest point and would gradually return to of constructive interaction.
However, there are no miracles in politics. Relations between Russia and the United States are been built throughout years and even decades, they involve a variety of political forces, the inertia of the decisions already made is enormous, and even having a new president does not yet give grounds for expecting dramatic progress in resolving fundamental problems that divide our two countries.