Clouds pass behind the White House in Washington, U.S., August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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The soap opera of White House personnel changes, intrigue and investigations has alarmed a part of the American public and shocked some foreign governments, yet Russian officials have found their own way of responding.Russia, more than many other countries, has a vested interest in an effective U.S. presidential administration that can deliver on Trump's campaign promises."It seems to me that no one in Moscow is particularly interested in the personnel changes in Washington anymore," a former senior official who is familiar with Kremlin thinking said. The reason, he said, is that whoever Trump brings into his White House is unlikely to change the course of U.S.-Russian relations.Russian officials believe the Washington establishment, exploiting the allegations of collusion between Moscow and Trump associates, has stymied the U.S. president from enacting his agenda of improving ties with Russia anytime soon.One senior Russian official described Trump's position on Russia as both sad and, in a way, funny. After Trump last week signed congressional legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia, despite having himself criticized it, Putin said nothing.
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