Trump may negotiate with Putin for the same reasons he’s talking with Kim Jong-Un, Novoye Voennoye Obozreniye suggests

In his annual address to Russia's parliament on March 1, 2018, Vladimir Putin boasted about the Kremlin's increasing military might, hyping supposedly new nuclear weaponry that he said would render NATO defenses "completely useless." The charts on the wall screen behind Putin show Russian buildup of long-range high-precision offensive weapons, such as cruise missiles, as compared to 2012 (Image: video capture)

In his annual address to Russia's parliament on March 1, 2018, Vladimir Putin boasted about the Kremlin's increasing military might, hyping supposedly new nuclear weaponry that he said would render NATO defenses "completely useless." The charts on the wall screen behind Putin show Russian buildup of long-range high-precision offensive weapons, such as cruise missiles, as compared to 2012 (Image: video capture) 

Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis, Russia

The editors of Novoye voyennoye obozreniye, the military affairs supplement to Nezavisimaya gazeta, suggest that the trajectory of relations between North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump may be a model for possible talks between Washington and Moscow at the highest level.

For some months, North Korea’s Kim escalated the situation by developing nuclear weapons and ICBMs, to which Trump responded by threatening to destroy North Korea with an attack unprecedented in its ferocity, hardly the situation out of which one would expect talks to emerge.

But then Kim launched his charm offensive in South Korea at the Olympics and, through Seoul’s diplomats, extended an invitation to Trump to meet with the North Korean leader in talks where almost all the issues the US has expressed concern about would be on the table. 

To the surprise of everyone, Trump accepted and a meeting is now planned for this spring.

Whether that session will lead to a breakthrough very much remains to be seen, but clearly, the editors say, there is a desire on the part of both sides to move forward after being so close to war only a few weeks ago. Trump is confident of his unique personal skills to make a deal by scrambling the pieces on the board, and Kim has taken advantage of that fact.

Consequently, the editors of Novoye voyennoye obozreniye continue, there is no reason to assume that a decision by one side in a conflict to take steps that the other views as offensive precludes such conversations. Instead, it is precisely the case with the current constellation of leaders that threatening actions followed by openness for talks may have the opposite effect.

The paper does not outline the ways in which Putin’s behavior has resembled Kim’s – to do so in Russia today would probably get the paper closed.

But it does ask the provocative question: “Is Washington ready to negotiate with Moscow?” Perhaps, although the paper doesn’t say so, for similar reasons reflecting both the situation and the nature of the players.

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Edited by: A. N.

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  • Alex George

    I can’t see this happening. Whatever view one takes of Trump and Russia, he is not keen to be seen having direct contact between himself and Putin. Whereas nobody has accused Trump of having colluded with North Korean in the election.

    • zorbatheturk

      Trump loves having one on ones with Putin.

  • zorbatheturk

    Trump desperately wants to do a deal with his good buddy in the Krumlin. Putin put Trump into power, now Vlad the Invader wants his pay check!

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    While the US President has the power to formulate US foreign policy (usually through the Secretary of State), this too has its limitations. As an example, should a potential scenario arise where Donald Trump and Vovochka Putin were to meet and decide upon a treaty between their nations, the American President could not act unilaterally to enforce this agreement. Only the US Congress and more specifically the US Senate has the power to either pass or deny such legislation. This same Senate also has the power to override any Presidential veto over any legislation that it passes. Then, on top of that, the current US Senate has been openly hostile to the Putin regime and it would be highly doubtful that it consider any form of appeasement to satisfy the whims of Russia’s foremost Pompous Pederast. Therefore, what would Trump gain in trying to strike a seemingly dead deal with Russia without the support of the US Senate? Mind you, “The Donald” has become so accustomed to stepping into “cow pies” that a bit of Putin poop would have little effect on America’s leading narcissist. For him it would just be another case of “fake news”.