The phone conversation between Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump was a surprise, while the main topic is still probably the situation around oil prices, and not the coronavirus, since the US and Russia are unlikely to be able to establish concrete cooperation on the topic of the pandemic, said the expert.
“In my opinion, this call is somewhat unexpected, because now, in principle, few people communicate with anyone: everyone is so immersed in their problems that they are not up to diplomatic negotiations. Therefore, the available episodes are indicative. I think that Trump’s call is primarily related to the oil issue. Because the US is now in a difficult situation: on the one hand, Trump himself said that it’s great that oil prices are so low, people are happy, and on the other hand, the entire American oil industry is howling and demanding that he solve this issue,” the expert believes.
At the same time, it is unclear what role Trump himself can play in the negotiation process in this case.
“Because I can’t imagine Trump as a mediator between Saudi Arabia and Russia. The topic itself exists, it is important for both sides, but the interests, to put it mildly, are different, ” the expert said.
According to him, the topic of coronavirus could be discussed in a general way without specifics.
“And what kind of cooperation can there be: each country is fighting the epidemic in isolation on its territory, and it is difficult to imagine that our virologists will go to the United States or Vice versa. We can say that when this will begin to fade, and economic problems will come to the fore – to coordinate them in some way, but in practice, this is also not entirely realistic. Because the recession will be so deep that everyone will survive as best they can.”
In General, everything has already been said on the topic of coordination in the fight against CAVID-19 at the end of the G20 summit, he noted.
“What we heard at the G20 is a very clear signal: some good wishes were put forward that does not provide for cooperation, but talk about not causing more damage to the situation than it is now. That is, General wishes that imply only taking into account external factors when making decisions, ” the expert concluded.