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By Malika-Budur Kalila SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)—President Donald Trump postponed his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until October 2019. National Security Adviser John Bolton said the meeting will take place after the investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia is over.
Brian Taylor is a Russian politics expert and the chair of the Political Science Department at Syracuse University. According to Taylor, Trump postponed the meeting based on suggestions from advisers, who considered this year’s midterm elections and warned the president about the possible negative outcomes of the meeting.
On the other hand, Russia may also have its own interest in postponing the event, Taylor said. Since the private conversation of both leaders created backlash in the United States, Russia might have decided not to rush, he added.
The U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential elections. Most of the U.S. government officials blamed Russia for interfering into American internal affairs and affecting the election process, while Trump accepted Putin’s denial, describing it as “extremely strong and powerful.”
Trump’s relationship with Putin during the recent Helsinki Summit and after the private meeting caused concern throughout the U.S. The president’s tweets and actions demonstrated that Russia and the U.S. should move on together.
However, Taylor said, both countries have completely different mentalities and worldviews. He continued that a union between these countries is impossible in a near future.
“It is certainly the case that relations between U.S. and Russia are bad right now,” he said. “I am not optimistic about any major change in a foreseeable future.”