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The Tillerson Framework for U.S.-Russia Relations: Workable?
Earlier this week, American media had reported that U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, had led the creation of a new framework to guide U.S.-Russian relations during the Trump administration. Although the document remains classified, it is comprised of three narrow pillars intended to foster a constructive relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a limited set of issues. The hope is that the document will contribute to reversing the precipitous decline in U.S.-Russian relations. However, the reception of Tillerson’s effort to date both in Washington and Moscow has been lukewarm at best, possibly highlighting the measure’s impermanence.
Since at least 2014, beginning with Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, U.S.-Russia ties have suffered several significant setbacks. More recently, the decline has been precipitated by allegations that Moscow colluded with high-level members of President Donald T