U-TURN: Trump Seeks Last-Minute Nuke Deal With Russia Before Election

Candidate Trump again far superior to President Trump

While the US spent most of 2020 not making serious inroads on a nuclear deal with Russia, President Trump is now reported to be interested in quickly rattling one off before the November 3 election.

Officials believe that once talks begin in earnest they could wrap things up within a week. They are also warning Russia that Trump would add more demands to the deal if it’s not finished by the election.

That forces Russia to make a decision, as the US was all but impossible to deal with before and 2021 Trump would apparently be a continuation of that. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading in the polling, has expressed interest in making a deal with Russia if he is elected.

That might be informing Russia to make a deal based on who they think is going to win. Getting a deal done should be a priority either way, however, and that might encourage making a deal now instead of risking a surprise Trump win giving way to an expiring New START.

Russia’s Deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov also questioned US confidence of getting a deal done in a week, saying they are huge differences in approach to the deal and it might be more difficult.

Source: Antiwar.com

18 Comments
  1. brian niziol says

    A total waste of time.

  2. Tony Piercy says

    Russia should just hang on, let them squirm, Russian missiles are a decade ahead and if and when Uaas of A catches up Russian will already be further ahead. If US was in Russias position they wouldn’t want to negotiate they’d be threatening, you can bank on that. Besides, Russia needs to play the waiting game and be as patient as they’ve always been, U.S. Is bankrupt and they gonna fall big time.

  3. nick1111 says

    After elections Trump will turn around and say “I did not sign anything”

    1. itchyvet says

      My point exactly.

  4. Mary E says

    How very interesting that as the election comes closer in the US, trump is finally getting the picture and is ready to go to Russia on his knees to re-do the nuke deal
    the US and Russia had at one time and trump dumped. If Putin was really smart, which I believe he is beyond a doubt, then he would wait and make that deal with Biden who has already said he wants to have a deal….trump was just following Biden because he knows Russia wants a deal…..what a poor excuse for a US president , let alone world leader – WHICH HE IS NOT.

  5. itchyvet says

    What is the point of making any deals, if said deal is not honored ?? Waste of time. I’m pretty sure the Russians can work that out for themselves.

    1. Mary E says

      Right! they see what the US did with the Iran nuke deal! Every four years there is new policy and the chance everything will blow up in their faces when dealing with the US

  6. ALTERNATE HISTORY says

    Putin should politely decline US conditions. Can negotiations be any worse if Trump wins in 2021?

  7. Ronnie&MargaretInDementia says

    It won’t be a real deal though, just something he can crow about pre election and then renege on after he wins. Americans are totally untrustworthy at this juncture, any administration with Pompeo in it isn’t worth the time of day. No quick deals required, Russia has the advantage so no need to rush into anything.

  8. stevek9 says

    This sounds silly. An agreement to limit nuclear weapons would take a long time to negotiate, unless they just want to continue START.

    1. Ronnie&MargaretInDementia says

      Think that is Bidens policy pledge so Trump is trying to match it. This is how they use others in their meaningless election pantomime. I guarantee that neither of them will stick to anything, it’s purely posturing for show. Russia should just state publicly, nothing doing till after the election.

      1. Mary E says

        They both are/will/have follow their puppeteers! American presidents are not on their own to make policy or do anything meaningful on the world or domestic stage without ‘guidance’ from those who really run the world. They all are just for show….

    2. Mary E says

      Yes, and all the while the US has been building up its nukes and even has a new ‘unrivaled’ one…so now that that is done, they can go back to Russia with the old deal, only this time, the US has got its stockpile upped to the maximum ! Russia should tell the US to get lost – and stay lost.

  9. jm74 says

    Russia may as well state publically that the nuclear deal is on hold till after the election but the original START is to be unchanged and that the US returns to Open Skies. That should put a crimp on the US administration since Russia is well advanced in the weaponry than the US.

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  10. cechas vodobenikov says

    Amerika is a declining empire; making deals with liars that consistently violate treaties and international law is not attractive to Russia

    1. Canosin says

      that’s why it makes them so dangerous …in either way the US is since long unpredictable and thus unreliable….the empire is in decay of law, custom, propriety and morals…..the right recipe for a sudden collapse of the whole country in a complete chaos and decline

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