This is not what Putin planned as he cosied up to Trump

Russia’s president never wanted to dethrone America, but use it to further his kleptocracy. He’ll have to think again

Anyone who tells you that they know what’s going on behind the Kremlin’s red battlements is lying. Those who speak don’t know, while those who know don’t speak. Moscow insiders with actual insight into what the Russian president thinks about the mess in America are keeping their counsel, thus leaving the uninformed and the hysterical to fill in the (very large) gaps. This is unfortunate, because it would be really useful to know what Putin thinks right now.

I arrived in Washington on Wednesday, a couple of hours before the news broke that Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s attorney general, had held two meetings with the Russian ambassador that he had neglected to mention during his confirmation hearings. My conversations in bars that evening, and in government offices the next day, attempted to continue along normal lines before returning – like a lover, obsessing over an ex – to the only topic anyone cared about: Putin. What does Putin want? What does Putin have on Trump? Eventually, I gave up trying to talk about anything else.

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