7 December 2013, 10:00

80 difficult years of Russian-American relations

80 difficult years of Russian-American relations

History is a capricious lady. It so happened that contrary to the predictions of political forecasts devotees the remarkable date – the 80th anniversary of the nearly interrupted diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington - did not only give reason to verbal declarations, but was marked by important and, in a sense, symbolic events.

Professional political weepers hurried to bury the course called "the reset in the American-Russian relations." The clan of political hawks ruling in the US Congress today did everything in its power for it. But the objective reality of the current international situation turned out to be stronger than their mercenary interests and evil will. The Russian President and the head of the American state have joined efforts in order to stop the real threat connected with the situation around Syria.

And following this, largely thanks to the cooperation between Moscow and Washington, there happened if not a breakthrough, then, in any case, a real possibility of a breakthrough in solving the Iranian problem, which was one of the most sensitive and dangerous points in the world politics for many years.

Let's be honest: these are wonderful gifts for the remarkable date of the 80th anniversary of the new stage in the relations between Russia and the United States of America. I speak about a new stage, as the relations between our two countries exist almost for as many years as the USA exists as an independent state. In 1781, the newly created young Republic sent its representative to the Russian capital. And a few years later, while attaching special importance to the relations with Russia, the Founding Fathers of the overseas republic sent their colleague John Quincy Adams to St. Petersburg as the first Ambassador. Soon after his return from Russia, he headed the American government as its 6th President.

The last 80 years in the history of the Russian-American relations were not easy. 80 years ago, Great Franklin Delano Roosevelt overcame the ideological barrier and restored diplomatic relations by sending prominent diplomat William Bullitt to Moscow as an Ambassador. It was the fervor of the Great economic crisis, and the Russian market was necessary for the US. Perspicacious Roosevelt also made conclusions, when such an ominous figure as Hitler came to power in Germany. It was then that the foundations of the anti-Hitler coalition were laid that gave the possibility to jointly break the back of Hitler's fascism.

Political dwarf Truman, who had replaced Roosevelt in the White House against his will and stained his own and the country's good name by ordering to deliver nuclear strikes on Japanese cities, began a political course called the "cold war".

Its dangerous peak was the infamous Cuban missile crisis, which has put the world on the brink of a world nuclear catastrophe. 35th US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy turned out to be a worthy successor to the great Roosevelt. His agreement with Moscow saved the world and marked the beginning of many years of searching for ways and opportunities of cooperation between the two great powers.

The objective necessity of cooperation between the two most powerful states of the modern world does not depend on changes of the political climate. It has shown its worth in connection with the Syrian and Iranian problems. And in the presence of a political intellect and goodwill it will manifest itself again and again.

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