President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have had intense discussions throughout the month as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.
In the two weeks since March 30, world leaders spoke on the phone four times, the last call being made on Easter Sunday.
This is an unprecedented number of contacts for the two presidents, and CNN reports that Trump and Putin have discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and the oil market war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
As they appear to soften relations between Washington and the Kremlin, political analysts warn that this is all part of Putin’s plan to undermine the United States.
Since March 30, President Trump and Vladimir Putin have spoken on the phone four times as the coronavirus pandemic raged
“Reaching out to the United States is part of Putin’s long-term plan to fundamentally undermine the credibility of the United States as an important and strong player in the global system, to undermine our alliances, and then to create so many lasting sources of tension between Donald Trump and his own national security team, “Andrew Weiss, vice president of studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told CNN.
“The more Russia succeeds, the less likely Russia itself will face a unified Western camp,” he added.
After their last speech on Sunday, Donald Trump boasted that a historic agreement had been reached to end the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia and help raise oil prices amid the pandemic of coronavirus – thanking Vladimir Putin and Mohammad Bin Salman for their work agreed.
“The big oil deal with OPEC Plus is over,” Trump told Twitter Easter Sunday. “This will save hundreds of thousands of energy jobs in the United States.”
“I would like to thank and congratulate President Putin of Russia and King Salman of Saudi Arabia. I just told them about the oval office. Lots for everyone! the president praised.
Their last call came on Easter Sunday before Trump boasted that a historic deal had been reached between Russia and Saudi Arabia in their oil war
As part of the OPEC + agreement, Saudi Arabia, Russia and 21 other countries have agreed to collectively reduce oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day between May and June, in a multinational effort to make faced with a drop in global demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A few days after their talks, a Russian plane flew within 25 feet of an American surveillance plane during a “dangerous” high-speed maneuver over the Mediterranean Sea.
A Kremlin SU-35 carried out a “reverse” interception on an American P-8A Poseidon aircraft that lasted 42 minutes Wednesday, according to the US Navy.
According to the statement, one of the Navy planes was intercepted by the Russian jet while flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea.
The Navy said his plane “operated in accordance with international law and did not provoke this Russian activity” when it was approached by the jet.
A few days after their talks, a Russian plane flew within 25 feet of an American surveillance plane during a “dangerous” high-speed maneuver over the Mediterranean Sea