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Trump’s Reckless Rhetoric Brings US And Russia To Dangerous Confrontation

After GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump openly called onto Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, US-Russia relations have deteriorated sharply amid a barrage of accusations of Moscow meddling in the US presidential elections.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the US was considering a “range” of “proportional” responses to alleged Russian hacking of US political groups. Washington publicly accused the Kremlin of cyber attacks on election systems and the democracy itself last Friday. That came after talks on a Syria ceasefire broke down as US officials suggested Russia be investigated for war crimes in the besieged city of Aleppo.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has pointed to the hacks as evidence that Russia favors her GOP opponent, Donald Trump. Appearing at an investment forum in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied the accusations.

Trump has repeatedly praised Putin, downplaying Russian actions on in Syria and the escalating cyber breaches.

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Donald Trump | Imgur

In return, Putin has taken Russia is a much more hostile, aggressive and adversarial direction, forcing the US to direct more resources and focus towards Russia.

“This is a conflict, there should be no doubt,” Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, told CNN about the US-Russia confrontation.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Russin President Vladimir Putin | Imgur

The friction between Moscow and Washington —by many assessments at its highest level since the fall of the Berlin Wall— led Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, to make a plea Monday for dialogue and de-escalation, reported CNN.

“This needs to stop. We need to renew dialogue,” Gorbachev said, commenting on the US decision to call off Syria talks.

“Indeed, it’s not a Cold War,” said Igor Zevelev, former director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Russia office. “It’s a much more dangerous and unpredictable situation.”

Putin is “driven by big ideas about Russia’s role in the world. He wants to limit America’s world leadership role and show that Russia too can use military force to achieve foreign policy goals, Zevelev” said.

Zevelev pointed out that the Russians “have signaled in a couple of ways that they are willing” to use nuclear weapons.

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“This is the most dangerous time since I don’t know when,” said Angela Stent of Georgetown University, who added that the next few months before the new US president takes office will likely be eventful.

Incredibly, Donald Trump continues to express his adoration for the Russian leader. If this is not treason, nothing is.

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