President Obama, in dealing with Russia, must try to avoid traditional American mistakes. The following are some basic principles for dealing with Russia:
1. Don’t treat the Russian leader as a “friend.”
2. Don’t assume sincerity.
3. Don’t treat Russia’s national interests and the interests of its rulers as identical.
4. Don’t listen to “realists.”
5. Base policy on fundamental values.
Obama And Russia
David Satter, 14.11.2008