Tuesday, February 28, 2017
"The Ansari neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria. Since Russian-backed government forces took back the city, there has been little progress toward peace, a circumstance that underscores the limits of Russian power. Credit Hassan Ammar/Associated Press
Photo by: Hassan Ammar/Associated Press"
"MOSCOW — The Kremlin, increasingly convinced that President Trump will not fundamentally change relations with Russia, is instead seeking to bolster its global influence by exploiting what it considers weakness in Washington, according to political advisers, diplomats, journalists and other analysts.
Russia has continued to test the United States on the military front, with fighter jets flying close to an American warship in the Black Sea this month and a Russian naval vessel steaming conspicuously in the Atlantic off the coast of Delaware.
“They think he is unstable, that he can be manipulated, that he is authoritarian and a person without a team,” Alexei A. Venediktov, the editor in chief of Echo of Moscow, a liberal radio station, said of President Trump...."
Russia Looks to Exploit White House ‘Turbulence,’ Analysts Say - The New York Times