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>> Russia will have far greater respect for our country when I'm leading it.>> The leaders haven't met yet, but all eyes are on Presidents Trump and Putin. Russian-American relations are at their lowest ever since the Cold War, according to the Kremlin. They've expressed hope that things will improve with Trump in the White House.
And the first major indicator could come during Trump's debut address to Congress on Tuesday. In the past, Trump has praised his Russian counterpart as a strong leader. But those warm words could face a cooler reception on Capitol Hill. Trump's Russia policy has already met resistance in US political spheres.
And there's still plenty of policy issues that could drive a wedge between the two, relations with Iran, the war in Syria, and the annexation of Crimea. As Trump addresses Congress, Moscow might be reading between the lines for any shift in US stance.