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Russia Denies Playing Favorites in U.S. Presidential Election


Since the beginning of the 2016 United States presidential election, there’s been numerous allegations of Russia attempting to influence its outcome. The mainstream media has pointed the finger at Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, pivoting more for Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton. Photo: USAToday.com

In response, Clinton has pointed the finger back at Putin for trying to have an impact on the upcoming election. Some, led by Trump, allege the voting system in the United States is rigged. In turn, a fair number of Trump supporters believe that works against Trump’s campaign. On the other side, some Clinton supporters, along with the Democratic National Committee, feel that Clinton’s campaign is hurting as a result of Russia’s supposed “involvement” in the proceedings.

Putin has denied Russia’s involvement with the U.S. presidential elections. Putin, as reported by The Wall Street Journal asked “’Does anybody seriously think that Russia could somehow influence the choice of the American people?’ Is it a banana republic or something? America is a great power!”  It is assumed that Putin would prefer Trump as his choice for commander-in-chief than Clinton. Putin’s relationship with Clinton is reportedly strained, which could affect his dealings with the U.S.—although the Kremlin says Putin is open to working with Clinton or Trump.


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The New York Times reports that Putin “argued that U.S. elites have used the ‘mythical and fictitious’ issue to distract attention from real problems such as government debt and police violence.” In this statement, it is presumable that there are some distracting forces coming from public opinions. Many speculate these distractions are in place to avoid the real issues facing the nation. These political forces have also damaged the authenticity, loyalty, and measures of fairness for running an honest and loyal presidential campaign for both candidates, who have clashed from the outset.

In the midst of the election drama is the trouble in Syria, which has direct consequences on diplomatic relations between Washington and Moscow, in regards to establishing a proper and permanent ceasefire. According to Stripes.com, “Russia-West relations have plummeted to their lowest point since the Cold War era amid the Ukrainian crisis and differences over the war in Syria.”

Although Putin says he will accept either nominated candidate for president as long as U.S. relations with Russia can resume in a peaceful manner, time will tell if that turns out to be the case.

Christophe Barbier is a grad student working on his Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy at Norwich University. He is seeking an international career in diplomacy and foreign affairs at the United Nations, NATO, or non-governmental organization. Christophe’s work can also be found on http://writerbeat.com/ as well as www.sportsandpolitics.org.


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