In Russia, Officials Celebrate America’s Withdrawal From Syria And Afghanistan

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meet at the 2017 G-20 Hamburg SummitKremlin.ru / CC-BY-4.0 / President of the Russian Federation

“Trump is God’s gift that keeps on giving." -Vladimir Frolov, Russian Columnist

President Trump’s rash decisions to remove troops from both Afghanistan and Syria have caused turmoil in Washington but a sense of glee and praise in Russian news today, according to the New York Times.

“Trump is God’s gift that keeps on giving. Trump implements Russia’s negative agenda by default, undermining the U.S.–led world order, U.S. alliances, U.S. credibility as a partner and an ally. All of this on his own. Russia can just relax and watch and root for Trump, which Putin does at every TV appearance.” -Vladimir Frolov, a Russian columnist and foreign affairs analyst.

The glee in Russia is the combined result of his national security decisions, the resignation of Jim Mattis, and a lift of sanctions on the Russian company Rusal. The president’s erratic decisions have caused wide concerns about instability around the world, but nonetheless, are seen as benefitting the foreign policy goals of Russia.

For the moment, however, Moscow is on board for some instability. Mr. Trump’s curbs on the United States’ international role and focus on domestic matters give room for countries like China and Russia to expand their influence, analysts said.

“We can tolerate some degree of unpredictability and mercurial policies on the tactical level — it’s worth it,” Mr. Frolov, the Russian foreign affairs analyst, wrote in response to written questions. “In Trump we trust … to do the right thing.”

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