U.S expert: Republicans unlikely to change U.S. policy towards Russia

U.S expert: Republicans unlikely to change U.S. policy towards Russia

Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 5 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /

The Republicans, won in the midterm congressional elections, will unlikely to change U.S. policy towards Russia, Bert Rockman, U.S. expert on the legal system of the the United States, said.

"The far right in the United States, which has been strengthened by the midterm elections, does not recognize that the Cold War is long over. They may irritate Obama and make life difficult for him in this area, but that is all they can do. They are unlikely to be able to change policy," Rockman, professor of political sciences at the University of Padua, told Trend via e-mail.

According to the results of the midterm elections, held in the U.S. November 2, the Republican Party won an overwhelming majority in the lower house of Congress (House of Representatives). According to the last counting of votes, the Republicans will take 239 and the Democrats - 183 seats in the lower house of parliament. The Democrats preserved a majority in the Senate, but lost in six states, including Illinois. Earlier, Obama was elected from this state.

Rockman said that President Obama is the major actor here and he hasn't changed.

"President Obama has a strong interest in good relations with Russia, and there is every reason to believe that he and President Medveded hit it off rather well. They are in the same age group and both are very smart and seemingly reasonable," he said.

On Thursday, President Obama stressed his intention to seek ratification of the START-3 until late 2010 during the Senate meeting in the old staff.

Now the U.S. Senate has 57 Democrats, two independent members who usually vote with Democrats and 41 Republican. The new staff of the Senate, which will operate from January 2011, will have 47 Republican, 51 Democrat and two independent members. About 67 votes are required to ratify the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START III).

However, Obama may come under fire from Republicans on Capitol Hill for seeming to capitulate to the Russian leadership, Rockman said.

They are unlikely to change U.S. policy towards Russia, expert said.

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