U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, unlike his predecessors, will not seek to please Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
The Times notes that both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who were at the helm of the White House in previous years, were trying in one way or another to establish relations with the Russian president. This is even more true of incumbent Donald Trump, whose “warm feelings” toward Putin have created a lot of problems for the entire U.S. government apparatus, according to The Times.
Biden, to all appearances, does not want to pursue a similarly benevolent course with regard to the Russian leader. In this case, the approach to building bilateral relations between Russia and the U.S. is likely to change in the near future, after the president-elect officially takes office in January 2021. “Some things don’t change. But the West’s response will change. And it will start very soon,” the publication notes.
Earlier in December, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul spoke about Biden’s attitude toward his friendship with Putin. According to him, unlike his predecessor Trump, the U.S. president-elect will not seek to become a friend of the Russian leader.