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Putin Skips Debates in Predestined Russian Election, Leaving Questions About US-Russia Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin, running for his fifth term in office, has decided to forego pre-election debates. This decision raises questions about US-Russia policy as the Biden administration remains notably quiet on the question of Russia's leadership.

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Mahnoor Jehangir
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Putin Skips Debates in Predestined Russian Election, Leaving Questions About US-Russia Policy

Putin Skips Debates in Predestined Russian Election, Leaving Questions About US-Russia Policy

Russian President Vladimir Putin, running for his fifth term in office, has decided to forego pre-election debates. The press secretary cited Putin's daily interactions with the Russian people as the reason for this decision. This sets Putin apart from the other candidates vying for the presidency in the upcoming March 17, 2024 election.

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The Predestined Outcome

Despite the temporary success and subsequent disqualification of an anti-war candidate, the outcome of the Russian presidential election seems predestined. Vladimir Putin, whom US President Joe Biden has labeled a 'murderous dictator' and 'pure thug', is widely expected to win a fifth term in the tightly controlled election.

Questions Raised About US-Russia Policy

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Putin's upcoming reelection raises questions about the Biden administration's Russia policy. Does the US want a democratized Russia? Does Biden hope for Putin's ouster? Without Putin, would Russia's alliance with China crumble? The Biden administration has been notably quiet on the question of Russia's leadership and the relationship it wants with Russia overall.

The Absence of a Russia Policy

The reality is that since the end of World War II, the absence of a Russia policy has been the norm rather than the exception. The US has yet to make a clear stance on its desired relationship with Russia and its leadership.

As the Russian presidential elections approach, the world watches with bated breath. With Putin's reelection seemingly a foregone conclusion, the questions about US-Russia policy remain. Will the Biden administration take a stance, or will the absence of a clear Russia policy continue? Only time will tell.

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