If so, what are we to make of his recent remarks at Valdai? If not, what are we to make of these same remarks? Everything depends on context. Everything.
P.S. I tend to feel that Putin and Trump have both been thrust by historical forces into the role of “strong man” at the helm of a failing state, and charged with reconfiguring the long planned, seemingly inevitable push towards a centrally controlled New World Order, i.e., globalism, by insisting on, and building upon, the sovereignty of the two nation states of which they are the elected heads. Since neither of them is going along with the globalist plan, and since Trump, especially, is still surrounded by people he cannot trust, and wading his way through massive corruption at all levels, these two occupy different points in their own trajectories. Putin, after 18 years, has cemented his position; Trump, not even two years into his first term, is still finding his way, and surrounded by people with radically different world views either yanking his ear for attention or surreptitiously going against his instincts.
Trump’s selection of arch-neoconservative John Bolton as National Security Advisor, makes me shudder. Is this just a case of “keep your enemies closer”? Bolton was associated with the supremely arrogant 1997 Project for the New American Century, which in turn was the thrust behind the U.S. plan, famously discovered and broadcast in 2007 by General Wesley Clark, to “take out seven countries in five years.”
Bolton will be in Moscow October 22-23 where he will meet with Putin. What will be the outcome there?