An interview with Stephen F. Cohen, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University and author of several books, including Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia
WP: In light of all this, how do you see U.S.-Russian relations evolving in the near term?
Cohen: It’s going to get worse. It’s going to get worse for a lot of reasons. But one reason is that first of all, the resentment in Russia about the United States is growing. They are just fed up with us, with our lecturing, our double standards: We can meddle in Ukraine but they can’t; Georgia is ours now, it’s not theirs; we can reward our friends with subsidized prices and foreign aid but they can’t reward their friends with subsidized oil and gas; we tell them to get with the market system, but when they raise prices of their natural resources for the former Soviet states we say they are being neo-imperialist with their energy. It’s all preposterous, and they hear it and they think we are either crazy or we are living by a neo-imperial double standard of our own. So things have gotten bad