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Leonid Bershidsky

Putin Knows Working With Trump Won't Be Fun

If Moscow is celebrating Trump's election, it's only in the hopes of softening him up.
Ready for anything.

Ready for anything.

Photographer: Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In Moscow, many allies of President Vladimir Putin appeared to be in a festive mood after Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election. They aren't stupid, though: They know the gap between Trump's relatively pro-Russian rhetoric during the campaign and his actual policy may be "yuuuge." The celebratory noise is tactical -- an attempt to flatter Trump so he doesn't forget all the nice things he had promised Putin while he ran against that notorious Russia hawk, Hillary Clinton.

The Kremlin will know if the tactic has worked when Trump picks his cabinet, but chances are it won't work too well.