Russian Firm Mints Commemorative Coin: ‘In Trump We Trust’

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American relationships with Russia are unlikely to achieve the level of trust and cooperation such as those with traditional Allies like Canada or Great Britain. Nevertheless, Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin have both made mutually complimentary remarks, and have indicated a desire to move to a more cooperative relationship. While suspicions will remain, there is nothing to be gained by deliberately provoking Putin and Russia, a point Mr. Trump has made.

One small evidence of this warming of relations has also been seen in the private sector in Russia.

A Russian metal working company has minted a sterling silver coin to commemorate President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, featuring Mr. Trump’s face and the slogan “In Trump we trust.”

This is definitely not Khrushchev's Russia.  The motivation for this?

The Associated Press Television News interviewed the man in charge of the company, who said the limited edition of 45 coins were designed to express his and other Russian business leaders’ “hopes associated with Trump.”

Vladimir Vasyukhin, director of the “Art-Grani” company about 650 miles east of Moscow, in south-central Russia’s Chelyabinsk region, told APTN, “there are more hopes associated with Trump with regards to the lifting of sanctions; maybe the environment (between the U.S. and Russia) will change.”

What's to be said here? It's true that peace creates the environment where commerce and wealth can grow. War and conflict destroy the opportunities for such wealth-creation. So, on that basis, Russian business leaders' hopes for more productive relations with the US under Donald Trump than was experienced under Mr. Obama are very understandable.

That hope that Mr. Trump might usher in an era of improved U.S.-Russian relations is one that both the incoming American leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin have expressed themselves.

Peace brings a multitude of benefits. That said, as relations between the US and Russia warm, Ronald Reagan's policy of “trust but verify” remains wise.

Source: CBS News



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