But following three months of nonstop putin bashing

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companies. But following three months of nonstop Putin bashing, the opposition to detente, for various reasons, have successfully driven a wedge between Trump and Putin for now. We don't know how long this will last, but a key barometer of that will be when the two presidents meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in July in Hamburg, Germany. Unless Russia kowtows to Washington and Brussels on matters related to Syria and Ukraine, then this is a stress point largely out of Russia's hands. Haters are gonna hate. And some get TV time, book deals and new followers on Twitter the more bombastic they become. (Hi, Weezy! ) Worth noting, the recent G7 meeting declined to support tighter sanctions on Russia because of its support of Syrian leader Bashar Assad. They are sticking to the status quo. Russian oil and gas companies, and banks have been sanctioned by the U.S. and E.U. After the April 7 airstrike on a Syrian air base, Trump’s comments that “we’re not going into Syria” led to a mini-rally following a week-long pause. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis also said that “the strike was not a harbinger of some change in our military campaign.” All of this helps keep
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detente in place, but most of that is out of Russia's hands. The narrative from official Moscow is always: We don't like what you're doing or saying, but we are here to listen to you if you will also listen to us." Some well-known Russian investment firms say Wall Street has gotten too nervous about Russia. "Americans have been on the sidelines in Russia because of geopolitical risk," says Daniel Salter, head of equity research Eurasia at Renaissance Capital in London. "Europeans are almost all
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