ՀՀ ՊՆ Պաշտպանական ազգային հետազոտական համալսարանի Դրաստամատ Կանայանի անվան Ազգային ռազմավարական հետազոտությունների ինստիտուտի Տարածաշրջանային ռազմավարական վերլուծությունների կենտրոնի գիտնական-վերլուծաբան, Պաշտպանական ազգային հետազոտական համալսարանի ասպիրանտ, Քաղաքական գիտության Հայաստանի ասոցիացիայի անդամ, Լոնդոնի համալսարանական քոլեջի «Անվտանգային հարցերի» մագիստրոս Գրիշա Աղաջանյանի «Թրամփի նախնական ռուսական քաղաքականության առաջին ճեղքերը» վերնագրով հոդվածը (անգլերեն, ստորև):
First cracks of Trump’s initial Russian policy
Trump’s “Russian story” started when Donald J. Trump won presidential election in the U.S. Russia was accused of meddling in the election process and alienating the whole thing in favor of Trump, who is thought to be the president that Russia side very much desired. There were also speculations that many of Trump’s aides had connections with the Russian government and business. These brought up concerns on national level, as well as on the international, especially in Europe, where security became a primary concern.
The aftermath of Trump’s administration’s initial Russian policy made Trump to give it a second thought. The president started making anti-Russian tweets and changed his tune on Russia, taking a harsher stance. Trump’s anti-Russian began to take momentum. Washington and Moscow exchanged sharp words over Russia’s recent crackdown on political activists, civilian deaths in Iraq and the resumption of U.S. sanctions that touch Russian interests.
The White House “strongly condemned” the arrest of the anti-corruption protest activists, including leading Putin critic Alexei Navalny. The statement made by Trump spokesman Sean Spicer highlighted the toughest language that Trump’s administration has used against Putin and Russia. In this regard it is worth to mention the possible appointment of Fiona Hill, a Russia expert and frequent critic of President Vladimir Putin, as senior director for Europe and Russia at the White House National Security Council. Hill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former member of the National Intelligence Council, was first recruited for the NSC job under Michael Flynn, President Trump’s now-former national security adviser.
It is important to note that the Kremlin on its turn has begun to gradually sharpen rhetoric about the Trump administration. The U.S. imposed sanctions against countries doing business in Syria, Iran and North Korea that included eight Russian companies. Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted a statement on the official Facebook page of Russian Foreign Ministry. Zakharova said the U.S. action “undermines the prospects of setting up comprehensive multilateral cooperation” to jointly fight terrorists. “Washington again does the bidding of those who made a consistent destruction of Russia-US cooperation their main priority,” Zakharova wrote.
Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov criticized an airstrike carried out by U.S. that killed around 200 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul and added that Moscow had requested a special briefing at the United Nations Security Council.
The U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobile, known to be a pro-Russian figure in the Trump administration, while attending the meeting of NATO foreign ministers meeting criticized Russia and stated that three years ago Russia’s aggression against Ukraine shook the very foundations of security and stability in Europe, also added that Russia’s on-going hostility and occupation is compromising U.S.’s shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.
Tillerson also claimed that American and NATO support for Ukraine remains steadfast.
These recent “tectonic shifts” in the U.S.-Russia bilateral relations demonstrate that the relations predicted to move ahead smoothly under Trump’s presidency show the “first cracks” and have all the potential to deepen.
 Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump in Election, U.S. Says https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/us/obama-russia-election-hack.html
 The ultimate guide to Donald Trump’s Russia connections https://qz.com/923065/the-ultimate-guide-to-donald-trumps-russia-connections
 Trump adds Russia scholar as a National Security Council director
 Remarks to NATO-Ukraine Commission