Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's upcoming conversation can be a turning. In its first hundred days of the new American president in general repulsed most powerful domestic political attack, including the "Russian line". Now he can move on to the fact that he was forced to postpone - a personal acquaintance with Vladimir Putin.
Telephone conversation Trump and Putin appeared on the agenda of a sudden. For obvious reasons, the White House prefers until the last minute not to announce the contacts with the Kremlin - Moscow and, entering into the position also remained silent.
And now about the telephone conversations, it became known only a few hours in advance. However, the day before, 1 May held a telephone conversation the two heads of the Foreign Ministries - Rex Tillerson called Sergei Lavrov to discuss "certain issues on the bilateral sphere of relations" and "schedule of upcoming Russian-American contacts, including the agreed interview on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council Fairbanks (USA) 10-11 May. "
We can assume that on Monday it was finally agreed and the conversation the two presidents - and not only the current telephone. It is likely that the outcome of today's talks, Putin and Trump will be announced on the place and time of the meeting of the two presidents. Or just the two leaders agree among themselves, and have an official announcement about the summit will be made public next week. For example, after meeting Lavrov Tillerson in Alaska, ie 11 of May.
Later, there will be very little time left. After all, the acquaintance of the two presidents can take place already 27-28 May: after that part of Trump's European trip ends, which is connected with participation in the NATO summit in Brussels and the G7 summit in Sicily. In recent days, about the possibility of a meeting between Putin and Trump in one of the European capitals, wrote both the domestic and the Western press - but the newspaper VZGLYAD suggested this possibility five weeks ago. The next window for Putin's summit - Trump will appear only in early July, during the G20 summit in Hamburg. But it is clear that it is in the interests of both leaders to conduct thorough negotiations as early as possible.
This was hampered by the fact that: an unprecedented attack, which was subjected to Trump immediately after the victory in the elections, especially on the eve and in the first months after the inauguration. Trump was accused of "Russian connections". The liberal and globalist parts of the American establishment have decided that this is the best direction for hitting the new president. The main goal was to expose Trump in the eyes of American society as a weak president, who is manipulated (or potentially manipulated) by a hostile foreign power. That is, to prepare some reserve for the constant blackmail of the new president by the threat of impeachment.
As a result, the first time Trump was forced to fight back - and only in April, he was able to turn the tide in their favor. However, for this he had to hit the Syrian military base and scare all threatened strike on North Korea, that is actually the beginning of a nuclear war. Blow "Tomahawk" on Syria 8 April and the subsequent injection soon the situation around North Korea was addressed to the three parties.
First, the American society. Trump almost completely broke the agenda, which previously dominated the American media - "Trump is weak, he does not grind, the Russians entangled him, down, he does not like everyone, Americans are protesting and outraged." Now this was an order of magnitude smaller: everyone believed that Trump was not a Russian agent or a weakling. After all, he struck the ally of Putin himself, presses hard on North Korea and constantly reminds that China must solve the "problem of the DPRK". It does not matter that this did not lead to any real change in the situation either in Syria or with the Korean nuclear program - the American agenda changed irreversibly.
Secondly, Trump's bluff was part of the game with Xi Jinping. Even Trump's constant talk about his intention to get along with Putin also had the Chinese dimension - against the backdrop of his accusations of China's currency manipulation. Beginning last year with talk about limiting Chinese exports to the US, continuing with a telephone conversation with the Taiwanese president, Trump still managed to bring the normally super-quiet Chinese leadership out of balance. Otherwise, it is impossible to explain Xi Jinping's consent to come to Florida to Trump - although the order of visits implied the trip of the American president to China.
But having arrived at Trump's estate, Xi Jinping was faced with the poker-mannered American president: a blow to the Syrian air base was part of the game with the Chinese leader. With all of this Trump was important to make an impression on Xi to become in his eyes a strong player - a real concessions on contentious issues, he did not expect.
When Trump asked Xi to help to deal with North Korea in exchange for a reduced position in terms of the US and China trade, it was the only way to put pressure on Beijing. It would be strange if Trump seriously hoped that