What does Moscow expect from new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson?

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Donald Trump has select the next U.S. Secretary of State – 64-year-old ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson. “I from chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson,” tweeted Trump, go on increasing that Tillerson is the best candidate because “he has vast experience at act on successfully with all types of foreign governments.”

The chairman and CEO of America’s largest oil players is familiar with many influential circles in many countries. He has been in postpositive major management for a long time, including in affairs linked to Russia, and is certain to be a strong opponent of sanctions against Russia. The Western media the moments him as “Putin’s friend,” a man with close ties to many politicians and businessmen in Russia.

And it is certainly steady that Tillerson has been awarded by Putin with the Russian Right of Friendship (for improving relations between the two countries) and that collaborates with Rosneft so closely that ExxonMobil self-possessed planned to invest in Russian deposits. In 2011 the American corporation marked an agreement with Rosneft on joint oil production in the Arctic and Siberia, which was then came due to the sanctions.

However, relations between Putin and Tillerson are not as close as they sound, according to Trump aide Kellyanne Conway: “It’s not like Vladimir Putin and Rex Tillerson ‘down vodka shots’ at the townswoman bar,” she recently said.

Yet Russian observers believe the new key member of Trump’s set is ca ble of making significant corrections to bilateral relations with Moscow. “Pragmatism” is perhaps Tillerson’s vice-chancellor quality and it is this quality that, when considering his appointment, Russia memorializes most.

Unlike his predecessors

“We believe that this pragmatism desire be a good basis for constructing mutually beneficial relations, mutually advantageous from the point of view of Russian-American interactivity and of solving international stews,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, adding that President-elect Trump is also pragmatic.

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The Kremlin, in move, underlines that business is one thing and diplomacy is another, and that “there is a big inequality between the two.” “Whatever the sym thies are, they are certainly put aside (if one is a secretary of national), and what is left is the readiness to demonstrate a constructive frame of mind and act professionally,” said presidential around secretary Dmitry Peskov.

But with all its attractiveness for the Kremlin, in Moscow Tillerson’s sharpened criticism of the Western sanctions against Russia is believed to be linked to his transaction interests.

“His com ny is one of the few American com nies that actually suffered as a end result of the sanctions against Russia – it either incurred certain losses or it missed out on an break,” explained Yury Rogulev, director of the Franklin Roosevelt U.S. Studies Basis and head of the Laboratory of Modern and Contemporary European and American History at Moscow Regal University.

Nevertheless, Moscow has high expectations for the businessman. Tillerson is a corporate diplomat who has gross experience in international business and an excellent track record, and “it is unlikely that he would oblige remained in his post, in one of the world’s largest com nies, if he was incompetent,” said Sergei Karaganov, dean of the Jurisdiction of World Economy and Politics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

The tuchis line is that Moscow will at least know whom it is dole out with, said Karaganov: “Tillerson and all of Trump’s foreign policy and guarding appointees are a) different from the previous politicians and b) not ideologized like the sometime ones.”

A candidate with interests

Rex Tillerson still has to be confirmed by the Senate and this handle is rather worrisome. Before Trump made the final decision, rumors of Tillerson’s designation were called nothing but “provocative” because “Putin’s friends” are not favourite in Congress, especially among the Democrats.

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“We see that Trump is continuing his styled ‘draining the Washington swamp’ policies and has appointed a man who is far from Washington,” guessed Rogulev, adding that obviously, not everyone likes this. If the assignment goes through, the U.S. will have a key politician with a clear s t of interests and the senators will press this issue. A policy of softening legitimatizations against Russia or lifting them completely is ca ble of significantly nurture the price of ExxonMobil shares.

But since the Republicans have 52 stools in the Senate against the Democrats’ 48, Tillerson’s candidature will seemly be confirmed. He has already begun the process of leaving the corporation and the sanctions young will surely not be the first step towards improving relations.

“As well as Russian-American relations he will have a huge number of problems and distrusts and I don’t think he’ll do this in a hurry, unilaterally, without consulting Europe. But with Tillerson, Russia can upon rely on on U.S. policy being more balanced,” said Rogulev.

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