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NYT: Russia Feeling 'Slighted' By Trump

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 09:51 PM

The Kremlin doesn't have the starring role as a foreign policy partner it had expected under the Trump administration – and is feeling "slighted," the New York Times reported.

Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, there have been three phone calls with Russia President Vladimir Putin, though Trump has hosted one-on-ones with British PM Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and China President Xi Jinping.

"They feel slighted," Vladimir Frolov, a foreign policy analyst and columnist, told the Times, referring to the Russian leadership.

Aleksei Pushkov, a well-known voice in foreign affairs in the Federation Council, tweeted: "Trump rejected the idea of holding a separate meeting early due to fear of hysteria by his enemies in the USA," the Times reported.

According to the Times, it not only looks bad at home that Moscow isn't back on the global stage alongside the United States, it's also left the Kremlin "perplexed" as to how to move forward in relations with Washington.

"Worse, instead of heralding a new chapter in relations, Washington seems to be piling on the demands," the Times' Neil MacFarquhar wrote. "Even anticipated friends like Rex W. Tillerson, the secretary of state awarded a medal by Mr. Putin when he was head of Exxon Mobil, have proved disappointing."

The Times reported some analysts say that while Russia is eager for improved relations, the Trump administration hasn't made clear what Russia might get in return.

"It has not detailed the definition in terms of what an improved relationship would be, in other words what is the bag of goodies in exchange for a dramatic U-turn in their foreign policy," Frolov told the Times.

"The Russians are basically scratching their heads and asking, 'What are we going to get from this?'"

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