Related Articles
Leaders
Forward article link
Share PDF with colleagues

Slow reset of US-Russian relations

Trump and Tillerson should help improve US-Russia relations. But an end to sanctions doesn't look imminent

Western media may be agog at Donald Trump's apparent fondness for Vladimir Putin, but Russia's battle-scarred energy sector is watching the romance with a sceptical eye. Even the appointment to Secretary of State of Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil chief with long experience of dealing with Putin, is being treated cautiously. Although the Trump White House is expected to adopt a more pragmatic and open policy towards Russia, it would be naive to assume any major or early improvements. Less confrontational rhetoric is likely. A genuine thaw that boosts the oil and gas sector—not so much. Trump has promised to take a softer approach to Russian relations than his predecessor but already t

Also in this section
Saudi Arabia gets a new next king
21 June 2017
Mohammed bin Salman will have a free hand as the next Saudi king but faces formidable domestic and regional hurdles. Oil policy is one
Arab oil states: the devil's in Opec's data
20 June 2017
The group's latest figures show Gulf oil states' earnings have plummeted, while the region's population keeps rising
Eastern Libya tries to wrest control of oil supply again
15 June 2017
NOC output growth plans threatened by renewed dispute