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Opinion: Joe Biden's oncoming headache over Vladimir Putin

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Putin's Russia will pose a series of challenges for Joe Biden, but he would do well to open up more communication where he can, Matthew Rojansky and Michael Kimmage write

Soon, Biden will assume the US presidency — and with it, the headache of dealing with Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Since 2014, the United States and Russia have been at loggerheads, if not quite at war.

Russia's meddling in the 2016 election will not be forgotten or forgiven by Biden or his administration.

Although he was vice president during the 2009 attempt at a "reset" of US-Russian relations, as president, Biden will go to great lengths to avoid linking the words Russia and "reset. " Rejecting President Trump's friendly posture toward Putin, the Biden administration will change gears and approach Putin with caution and skepticism.

Biden's administration is likely to pressure Russia via sanctions when conflict arises, to decry Putin's authoritarianism, and to shore up the NATO alliance.

A veteran of the Cold War, Biden does understand the importance of relations with Russia.

Meanwhile, Russia frames its policy toward the United States as defensive — restraining an advancing NATO and constraining a global hegemon that holds many of the military and economic cards.

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