Dmitry Medvedev

U.S.-Russia sanctions flap can be exploited politically by both Putin and Trump

U.S.-Russia sanctions flap can be exploited politically by both Putin and Trump

President Trump is warning that U.S.-Russia relations are at a perilous nadir. But for both him and Russian President Vladimir Putin, this particular dark cloud has a distinct silver lining.

Both leaders can probably use the current imbroglio over U.S. sanctions to score political points with their respective domestic bases, analysts say. And after the sanctions bill that Trump reluctantly signed Wednesday, Kremlin and White House talking points have contained some striking similarities — suggesting that despite the seeming animosity, Trump and Putin may not actually be so far apart in their views.

Putin is widely expected to stand for reelection in March, and although a...

75°