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Putin Will Be Your Worse Business Partner Ever
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“If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” the incoming U.S. president said at a January 11 press conference. But other U.S. and European leaders who have sought to cultivate personal ties with the Russian president and former KGB agent have frequently found that doesn’t always pay political dividends.

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-putin-business/
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No politicians have managed to get the better of Vladimir Putin, who’s reserved his respect—and enmity—for opponents such as Chancellor Angela Merkel. At home, business elites find compliance is the only safe way to preserve their fortunes and liberty. Here's a quick guide to those who tried to do business with Putin, who failed—and some who succeeded.
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Barack Obama
President of the United States 2009‑2016


Hopes “My hope is, is that we can have a constructive relationship where, based on common respect and mutual interest, we can move forward.” — March 3, 2009
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Initial results Under Obama’s “reset” policy, the U.S. and Russia in 2010 signed a landmark nuclear-arms-control treaty. Russia also agreed to allow the U.S. to expand shipments of military supplies to Afghanistan across its territory, a key U.S. priority.
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How it turned out After Putin returned as president in 2012, ties worsened, culminating in Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Moscow in 2015 tore up the Afghanistan transit agreement and moved to prop up Syria’s Bashar al-Assad against U.S.-backed rebels. U.S. Intelligence agencies have found Putin approved hacking of the campaign of Hillary Clinton, whom Obama backed as his successor.
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George W. Bush
President of the United States 2001‑2009
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Hopes After his first meeting with Putin in June 2001, Bush said he had got a “sense of his soul” and found him “straightforward and trustworthy” and a man “deeply committed to his country.”
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Initial results Putin acquiesced to U.S. abrogation of 1972 Anti‑Ballistic Missile treaty and was the first foreign leader to call Bush after 9/11. Later, he allowed NATO to ship military equipment across Russian territory to Afghanistan.
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How it turned out Bush’s view of Putin turned to bitter disillusionment after Putin invaded U.S. ally Georgia in August 2008.
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Gerhard Schröder
Chancellor of Germany 1998‑2005
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