Largely due to the ongoing civil war in Syria, the United Stated and Russia have been at constant conflict over various actions which have occurred on both sides. It appears that the relationship between two of the world’s largest economies and largest military powers has reached a new low since the Cold War.
The prospect of Russia has been a major foreign policy issue during this Presidential election, as Republican Nominee Donald Trump has been criticized by many for his comments about the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.
Recently, there have been a number of questionable actions that have taken place by the Russian government and officials. Most recently, Putin cancelled a planned visit to France soon after it was revealed that the Kremlin had moved missiles with nuclear capabilities closer to their border with Poland.
Polish officials have responded to these actions by saying that the change is of the “highest concern.” The cancelled visit to France also comes as French President Francois Hollande stated the Syrians committed “war crimes” in Aleppo, this statement may have been viewed as problematic by the Russians as the Syrian regime has been aided with Russian airstrikes in the region.
Also, former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, stated the world is at a “dangerous point” due to the increased conflict between the United States and Russia.
Now, it appears that Russian officials are being asked to remove relatives abroad from foreign schools, and for those living abroad to return to “The Motherland.” This comes according to Russian media outlet Znak. Other Russian media has reported that if officials do not comply they will not be able to be promoted.
Over the last several days, the Americans have ended talks over the Syrian conflict after Russia has been accused of hacking information. The rising tensions certainly provide cause for concern for Americans regardless of who takes office to become the next President of the United States.
Many analysts have had a growing concern about the relationship between Russia and the world. Russian foreign policy analyst Fyodor Lukyanov spoke of the cancellation of the trip to France by calling it a “serious step… reminiscent of the Cold War.” He added, “This is part of the broader escalation in the tensions between Russia and the West, and Russia and NATO.”
Adding another fold to the politics of the situation, the Clinton campaign has been investigating Russia for ties to the hacking and release of emails related to her, her staff, and even the DNC.
This whole situation certainly should not be taken lightly. More updates are sure to come.
(h/t Daily Mail)