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Can Putin win over Trump?

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I don't think Putin is the type to try to win over anybody to his side let alone Trump.
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Putin's"very smart". Um, yeah; I think he knows how to manipulate a 70 year old man with the emotional maturity of a first grader.
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No. Short answer. Congratulations, America, in 19 days we have a Putin-puppet in the Oval Office. May we all survive his (hopefully) short tenure. SMDH
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The Donald needs to release his tax returns so we can be sure he does not owe the Russians money. Many American investors would not finance him because of his history of bankruptcies
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Ok follow the connections 1) Trump owes Blackstone/ Bayrock group $560 million dollars( 1 of his largest debtors) 2)Blackstone is owned wholly by Russian billionaires who owe their position to putin,and have made billions from their work with the Russian government. 3) Other companies that have borrowed from Blackstone have claimed ,owning money to them is like owning to the Russian mob and while you owe them they own you for many favors. 4)Russian economy is badly faltering under the weight of its over dependence on raw materials which as you know have plummeted in the last 2 years leaving the Russian economy scrambling to pay its debts 5)Russia can only influence election and build its military when the per barrel oil prices are above $65 ( they are currently hovering around $50) 6)Russia can't afforadably get at 80% of its oil reserves and reduce its per barrel cost to compete with America at $45. Or Saudi Arabia at $14 and with Iranian sanctions being lifted russia will find another inexpensive competitor increasing production and pushing russia further down the list of suppliers And as for Iranian sanctions,the 6 countries lifting them allowing Iran to collect on the billions it is owed for pumping oil but not being paid for it.These billions Iran can only get if the Iranian nuclear deal is signed ,and which candidate spoke of ending the deals which would cause oil sales sanctions to be reimposed ,which would make Russian oil more competitive.. 7) Rex Tillerson is the head of ExxonMobil who is in possession of technology ,patented technology that could help putin extract 45% more oil at a significant cost savings to Russia, helping putin put money in the Russian coffers to help reconstitute it's military and finally afford to mass purchase the new and improved systems that it had invented before the Russians economy had slowed so much. 8) Putin cannot get access to these new cost saving technologies OR outside oil field development money,due to US sanctions on russia ,over its involvement in Ukrainian civil war 9) look for trump to end sanctions on russia and to back out of the Iranian Nuclear deal , to help russia rebuild its economy ,strengthen Putin and make Tillerson and Trump even richer..Allowing trump to satisfy his creditors at Blackstone 10) With trumps hatred of NATO, Russian military reconstituted, the threat to the baltic states is real russia retaking their access to the baltic sea from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and threatening the shipping of millions of cubic feet of natural gas to lower Europe from Scandinavia and allowing for russia to make a good case for its oil and gas being piped into eastern Europe, especially if it threatens all that oil and gas from Scandinavia.. Sources: Time Magazine, NY Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian UK
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The people who elected Trump don't care how we rank in the world. They want high paying jobs based on the skills they have right now and let the rest of the world take care of itself. The wisdom of that course won't be apparent until long after Trump is gone.
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Well, Ukraine does subscribe to western values - at least majority and people driving 2014 do. But it was a blow with the Donald Trump getting elected to realize that not every country in the west subscribes them. And not just a fringe minority or someone you can dismiss as small - like the rightish Hungary - but a world power. In any case - I subscribe to the Economist pov- the battle is not between countries, the battle is between closed and opened world view and sometimes it is an internal strife.
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Oh Heck No, Donald J. Trump couldn't figure his way out of a dark closet! He is a glutton for praise... as long as Putin lays it on thick, they'll always be besties!
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It makes me laugh people think Russia is controlling Trump and America. Do US citizens forget how powerful America is? Or do they blindly believe everything the Democrats say?
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From Syria to Crimea to Eastern Europe, Putin has done whatever he wanted to do for the last eight years! You could also include hacking with Obama's knowledge! Don't forget Obama promising to be more flexible after the 2012 election!
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The article assumes Russia is just an irrational actor with nothing but chaos to sow. Their actions however point to a nation trying to stabilize a large part of the world and yes, reassert itself. Russia is a European power. It is silly that the American foreign policy should revolve around removing Russia from the continent of europe
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I don't feel sorry for the Republican Party. They allowed this to happen. So I think what ever comes so be it! They have to Deal with it!! America will be transformed if this Nut is president for the next four years. So all the brilliant ppl who voted him in I hope your ready.
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The author claims to know"how the Kremlin sees the world" - they (and only they) threaten and subvert (supported by 911-inside-job-style conspiracy theory), and we are at war war war with them. To me this sounds scarily like a dangerous and self-fulfilling prophecy. Also, even on the face of it, the claim that 1. Abkhazians, who have sought separation from Georgia even at the height of Stalinism, are in the same conflict as 2. radical Islamist and Al Qaueda allied Al Nusra and Jabhat al Sham rebels who largely control Syria (aside from ISIS), who are in the same conflict as East Ukrainians - who rose up after their democratically elected govt (per the OSCE, PACE, and even Freedom House) was run out of town - is unreasonable.
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I want to move to Russia but my wallet says no?
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