The United States and the former Soviet Union Also Known As Russia have been constant adversaries since WWII and we should not be surprised that they attempted to interfere in our elections, partly because that is just how the game is played. Russia, the United States and European countries all meddle in the affairs of other countries as well as China who has been much more succesful at stealing intellectual property worth hundreds of billions of dollars because each country sees benefit in attempting to shape other countries prospects. As far as 2016 election tampering is concerned nobody was more successful at that than Hillary Clinton when she bought out the Democratic National Committee and used it to rig the Democratic primary against Bernie Sanders.
It’s important to remember the long and troubled history between Europe, Russia and the United States but it’s extremely important to remember that Russia is a nuclear power and every interaction should be carefully thought out between our countries. President Trump has been criticized for not being “hard enough” on Russia and this is a dangerous attitude to have about a country capable of delivering nuclear weapons to our shores when they have few viable options for survival.
To put Russias situation in perspective, they have only one industry keeping their economy alive and that is Germany entering into a multi billion dollar energy contract with them. President Trump is attempting to facilitate Germany’s exit from the energy contract and should he be successful, he obviously won’t be considered any friend of Russian President Vlad Putin but more importantly the Russian government will have no legitimate source of income.
Obviously Russia is no friend of the United States or any of the European countries but it is important to remember the consequences of rash actions against the rogue actor as they could be catastrophic.