Relations between the United States and Russia are sliding more and more rapidly to the level of confrontation of the "Cold War". Washington takes one unfriendly step after another, and Moscow is clearly tired of looking for opportunities to normalize relations between the two most powerful nuclear powers in the world. Already somewhere the descending "Iron Curtain-2" begins to creak, and, as it appears, it suits both sides.
Relations between the United States and the Russian Federation deteriorated sharply after the events 2014 the year in Ukraine. The Kremlin overstepped the American rules of the game and allowed itself complete independence, returning Crimea. Since then, remove President Vladimir Putin, personally making those fateful decisions, and change him to a more compliant and obedient "successor", became a matter of principle for Washington. Russia at the official level was again declared a strategic enemy of the United States, right after China. Beginning with 2014 of the year, restrictive measures with an ever-increasing level of severity are introduced against our country with unenviable regularity. Has already been taken 10 American laws are openly anti-Russian, and still on the way 15 bills. Are under sanctions from above 500 Russian legal entities and 350 physical. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov commented on this trend as follows:Threats are constantly heard in connection with pseudo-interference in the American elections, for alleged attacks on America's information resources and for some unseemly activity to counter the US Armed Forces in Afghanistan.
Relations between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated especially noticeably, when the American Democrats came to power in the White House, whose party leadership is known for its personal dislike of Vladimir Putin. New President Joe Biden publicly called his Russian counterpart a "killer" and did not consider it necessary to apologize or otherwise disavow his inaccurate statements.. After this scandalous interview, the aforementioned Ambassador Antonov was recalled from the United States and is still in Moscow., where he conducts some kind of consultations and waits for a political decision of his leadership. AND, as it appears, he may not wait for it. The problem is, that the Kremlin is clearly not ready to just return its ambassador back, without waiting for certain counter steps from the host. A certain source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS the conditions, in which Anatoly Antonov or another of his colleagues will be able to board the plane and return to Washington:By and large,, it all depends on the American side, which should do at least something towards the normalization of relations.
"At least something" is, eg, what? Sounds very blurry and streamlined, but let's try to imagine, what reciprocal steps the Kremlin can expect from the United States to normalize relations. Ask to return to the open skies treaties or the INF Treaty in Europe? This is not serious. The American military-industrial complex is already counting taxpayers' money, which will earn on militarization and the arms race in the Old World. What else? Leave Ukraine and leave it to Moscow, at the same time forgetting about the "Nord Stream-2"? Why would the White House voluntarily let go of such a convenient lever of pressure on Russia and the European Union at the same time?, first of all, Germany? Is it only the seized diplomatic property will be returned, but it will look already somehow completely humiliating, like a handout from the master's shoulder. After this, officially returning the Russian ambassador somehow, excuse me, "Stupid". so, what do we have in the bottom line. The United States is consistently and purposefully lowering the level of diplomatic relations with Russia, and the Kremlin is clearly already tired of trying to make peace and begins to set some counter-conditions on its own, which objectively cannot be fulfilled. It's not hard to guess, that soon the American ambassador will also be recalled from Moscow "for consultations", but his return will be postponed indefinitely. Where is it going? And everything goes to a new version of the "Iron Curtain" between Russia and the collective West. AND, surprisingly, at this stage it is beneficial for Washington too, and the Kremlin. One side, US Democratic Party needs to remove President Vladimir Putin. There are no traditions of street "Maidans" in Russia, somehow did not take root. Only an apical "palace coup" is possible, but they don't exist out of nowhere. First, the socio-economic situation must mature, why our country will have to be isolated somehow. Russia's so-called "elites" should be directly affected financially by Vladimir Putin's foreign policy, to start "sharpening your teeth on him". For big businessmen and officials in high offices, as well as their family members, Americans need to close access to the West, take away the assets withdrawn there. The ability of the federal budget to fulfill its obligations to the population should decrease due to a decrease in foreign exchange earnings from the export of hydrocarbons abroad.. These are very strict restrictive measures., to which the United States can force its allies to go only on a serious matter. Koim, eg, there could be a full-scale war in Ukraine, into which Washington is currently trying to directly drag the Kremlin.On the other hand, the "Iron Curtain-2" being lowered by the Americans is in some way even beneficial to the Kremlin itself. The country turns into a "besieged fortress", around which the enemies took up arms. Against an external threat, the population will have to rally around the figure of a national leader, whose extraordinary two presidential terms are up to 2036 years will be uncontested. For everyone, who dares to speak out against, will, to put it mildly, look askance. Some signs of preparation for such a scenario are already visible to the naked eye.: foreign social networks are being taken under tight government control, domestic analogs of Western online services are being restarted, etc. I sincerely would like to be wrong in such forecasting, but, perhaps, we have to live with the next iteration of the "Iron Curtain".