Trump administration ends in 2017 confrontation with Russia after the year of the collusion allegations

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The year began with the story of trump-Russia consultation ends with an unexpected plot twist – the Trump administration faced and hard against Russia on several fronts, a development that’s drawing praise from some of the President of the biggest critics.

Accusations that the trump staff not helped Moscow to meddle in the 2016 campaign. But the administration has still shown the will to challenge Russia itself, the former President Barack avoided in a way that Obama is.

Clearly, has approved the management plan, lethal weapons to Ukraine.

The new poor include American-made Javelin anti-tank missiles, which Ukraine wants to boost defense against the Russian-supported separatists in the East of Ukraine. Previously, the United States have the equipment and the training that private companies sell some of the small weapons such as rifles. Obama had to send lethal weapons to the Ukraine, but left the office to do without.


US export approved-licence for the sale of weapons to the Ukraine

Trump the decision comes after the State Department and the Pentagon signed earlier this year.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert gave a brief explanation about the development and stressed that the assistance “very defensive in nature.”

Meanwhile, the administration last week also imposed sanctions against five Russians under the Magnitsky Act adopted by the Congress in 2012, in response to the death of the Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.

The additions include Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya. The Treasury Department said Kadyrov headed “disappearances” and extrajudicial executions” and believed to have ordered the killing of one of his political rivals. Kadyrov, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was generally assumed that there is already a classified list of US targets sanctions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing new pressure from the Trump administration.


Both administrative decisions won praise from the legislators often trump critical.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., high-ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that he supports the decision on weapons to Ukraine.

“It is not a clear message to Russia that we will not allow you to continue to be a threat to the sovereignty of Ukraine. Russia will continue to pressure, as far as you can. It was important for the United States to say to Russia that we have the ability to defend themselves,” said the support of the Ukraine Cardin.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, in a statement, calling the move “a significant step in the right direction”, the “years overdue.”

.@POTUS, the decision is to provide Javelin anti-tank ammunition to #Ukraine sends a strong signal that the United States will stand by its allies and partners, as they fight to defend their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 23, 2017

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N. J., also the sanctions decision is called a “good step in the right direction,” in an interview with The Daily Beast.

There is still a separation between Trump, the public tone toward Russia and the actions of his administration.

In front of journalists during a working visit to Vietnam in November, Trump said: “it is very important to be together with Russia” and in other countries. The question about the interference allegations, Trump said he thinks Putin really feels he doesn’t intervene in the U.S. election – and suggested it is time to look forward to.


Sen. Ben Cardin prices Trump foreign policy in the year 2017

“What he believes, what he believes in. What I think we have said come to work,” Trump. “I have the feeling that Russia is a friendly attitude, in contrast to always fight with them, enrich the world and enrich our country, not a liability.”


Trump and Putin still communicate on common challenges, including terrorism. Earlier this month, Putin personally thanked trump for a CIA tip, the foil helped a attack in St. Petersburg.

Russia, meanwhile, rails against the recent decision by the Ukraine, with a top diplomatic officials, the state RIA Novosti news agency that the US move “increases the risk of derailment of the process of peaceful settlement in the Ukraine.”

While Trump not to mention choice-intervention during his public address last week with his administration’s new National security strategy, the document itself contains little in return.

It throws “actors such as Russia,” with “information tools, in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies.”

The strategy also accused China and Russia, the challenge of “the American power, influence, and interests that try to undermine American security and prosperity”, while the view on the “economy to grow less free and less fair, its armed forces and the control of information and data, their companies and expand their influence.”

A sign of an increasingly combative situation with Russia started emerging earlier this year. At the end of August, the administration of Moscow ordered to close posts in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and New York City.

The decision was in retaliation for Putin, more than 700 US-diplomats – according to trump, reluctantly signed a law adopted sanctions by the Congress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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