Sec. State Rex Tillerson is a practiced Russian hand, used to dealing with the dysfunctional nation. Ahead of Mr. Tillerson’s arrival, the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement blamed the U.S. for pursuing a policy of “American exceptionalism,” that tried to punish Russia economically and limit its influence in international affairs.
It is however clear that Russia limits itself economically because of it’s vast bureaucracy and it’s unprecedented governmental corruption. So far as it’s limits in international affairs that’s because it prefers to use force and/or bribery to expand it’s influence. That’s how it stole the Crimea from Ukraine. Putin simply threatened Ukraine with force unless it agreed to give Crimea to Russia. The United Nations and ex-president Obama agreed with the theft. President Trump may have something different to say about that.