In case anyone thinks that Vladimir Putin is not convinced that he is going to get everything he wants from Donald Trump – an end to sanctions, deference to Russia’s claim of a sphere of influence over the former Soviet space, and much else — a Russian television broadcast last evening should convince them of that fact.
On his weekly program, Dmitry Kiselyov, the Russian host who not so long ago talked about Russia’s ability to reduce the United States to a pile of radioactive rubble, positively reviewed the Trump Administration and declared that Russia and the US have “always cooperated in difficult times.”
Dmitry Kiselyov boasting about Russia’s ability to turn the US “into radioactive ash” in his program on Russia’s premier TV channel. He is the head of the Kremlin’s RT (Russia Today) news agency, a propaganda tool to promote the Kremlin’s policies, denigrate the West and speculate about Western-led conspiracies as well as attack political opposition to Putin. (Image: screen capture).
Given the central role of state television in Putin’s regime, such a statement was clearly intended to send two important signals to Russians: Russian-American cooperation is back now that Trump is president, and this cooperation will take the form first and foremost of a combined military effort against ISIS in the Middle East.