comment 15 Nov 16

Bulgaria, Moldova Complete Putin’s Lucky Week

Russia’s leader can only be satisfied that Donald Trump’s seismic victory in the US has been followed by the victories of pro-Moscow candidates closer to home.

Marcus Tanner
Bulgarian Socialists Party candidate General Rumen Radev. Photo: AP Photo/ Darko Vojinovic.

Compared to the presidential election victory in the US of Donald Trump, the victories of two allies - in Bulgaria and Moldova – is small beer for the Kremlin.

It is the equivalent of winning a few extra dollars on a scratch card, having scooped a million dollars in the national lottery the previous week.

Hillary Clinton threatened to boldly confront Russian assertiveness in Syria and in Ukraine and turn the current cold war distinctly hot.

As US President from next January, Donald Trump - however busy he is backtracking on some of his more inflammatory campaign pledges - is unlikely to row back on pledges to stay out of the Syrian cauldron. It is hard to see him taking much interest in confronting the Kremlin in Ukraine, either.

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