The United States and Russia have been at opposing ends for the longest time although there have been instances that both countries seem amenable to reconciling with each other. Whereas some analysts claim that America is intent on going to war with Russia, there are reports saying that the Syrian crisis has brought the two opposing poles together in favor of humanitarian aid.
There have been reports about the West painting Russia as the enemy in order to justify its political and military efforts while others counter that Moscow really poses a threat to global security. A report from The National Interest draws attention to President Barack Obama’s new budget proposal for 2017 requesting as much as 200 percent increase in military spending. This will reportedly bolster European efforts to deter Russian aggression. According to the report, the move can be considered as “perhaps the most provocative step yet in our apparent efforts to encircle and antagonize that country.” This is compared to the 50 percent increase in the military spending to fight ISIS.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, sheds more light on the matter: “Let me describe the strategic thinking that drove our budget decisions. First of all, it’s evident that America is still, today, the world’s foremost leader, partner and underwriter of stability and security in every region across the globe — as we have been since the end of World War II.”
“While the basic elements of our resulting defense strategy remain valid, it has also been abundantly clear to me over the last year that the world has not stood still since then. The emergence of ISIL and the resurgence of Russia being just a couple of the examples,” Carter said. “Today’s security environment is dramatically different than the one we’ve been engaged in for the last 25 years and it requires new ways of thinking and new ways of acting.” added the official.
However, even with such alleged tensions and concerns about relations between the US and Russia, it appears both countries are still willing to work together in favor of addressing Syrian conflict. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov said that they will be sending the much needed aid to Syrian cities. “We have agreed to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities in one week’s time,” New York Times quoted Kerry. “The real test is whether all the parties honor those commitments,” he added.