Approaching the first anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s third presidency and having Barack Obama being re-elected for a second presidential mandate, the time is ripe to assess Russia-US relations and draw some conclusions on the future perspective of their engagement. Such an analysis is even more pressing due to China’s claim for greater political and economic space on international arena and the consequent rapidly changing shift of power in world affairs. The main thesis that this study advances is that the exhaustion of the potential of the reset policy and the change of US foreign policy priorities have allowed political ‘emotions’ and sensibilities to prevail over pragmatic cooperation in bilateral relations. Therefore instead of a strategic partnership it is likely that a cooperation of selective convenience will define Moscow-Washington dialogue in the coming years.
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