Donald Trump promised better relations than under Barack Obama, then quickly became surrounded by scandal and allegations that Russian computer hackers helped him win the race for the White House.

Russia denied election meddling, the president’s being investigated for treason, he’s sacked some of his closest aides and Congress has imposed new Russian sanctions.

Trump said last month said relations were at an “all-time and very dangerous low”.
That relationship is even worse now.

Russian leaders say the US order to shut down diplomatic offices in three American cities is a “blunt act of hostility”.

That followed Russia ordering hundreds of US diplomats to leave Moscow.
What’s behind the tit-for-tat tension?

Presenter: Jane Dutton

Guests:

Robert Hunter – Former US Ambassador to NATO.

Mark Sleboda – International relations and security analyst.

Edward Fishman – Atlantic Council.

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