Russia and U.S. Have Yet to See the Worst

Russia and the U.S. are once more at odds due to the strikes in Syria lead by the U.S. This latest event shows just how quickly ties between the two old Cold War foes have fallen apart.

Russian markets, however, don’t seem too worried about the latest risk, even as the threat rises for more U.S. sanctions in the future. Although many officials have quickly proclaimed that the worst is over, there is still plenty of room to worry.

Decision-makers in both Moscow and Washington look to have given up any hope for relations improving among the two nations. Russia is preparing its retaliation due to the latest sanctions, of which Washington said would not be the last. Add the possibility of the U.S. pulling out from the Iran nuclear deal, and Middle East tensions will only rise.

Investors might hope Russian President Vladimir Putin will seek a lull before the World Cup in Russia this summer. However, it is unlikely that geopolitics will play along.

The Latest Updates of World Discourse: Featuring Russia, U.S., Germany, Syria, and North Korea

On Sunday the 15th, President Trump asked a judge not to show evidence of his private lawyer to his own Justice Department. The evidence was seized in an FBI raid last week. This event came after former FBI director James Comey called Trump morally unfit to be POTUS. The ousted director of the FBI stated it wouldn’t surprise him if Moscow had incriminating information about President Trump.

Germany’s choice of leaving France and the U.K. and joining the U.S. in hitting Syria could be rooted in the country’s postwar aversion to the use of military force. This doesn’t, however, help Chancellor Angela Merkel with her troubled relations with the U.S. President. According to reports, the Chancellor is having a tough time trying to gain the ear of Trump. This situation leaves one of the United State’s most loyal allies sidelined.

In pressing Kim Jong Un to give up North Korea’s nuclear arsenal during their meeting, President Trump will be asking them to give up more than fifty year’s labor. Three generations of Kims have without fail, felt that the bomb was their best bet on survival. This decision hasn’t changed despite decades full of sanctions, negotiations, and even threats of war; it is unlikely that this will change.