Russia prefers Trump over Biden despite disappointing record

In Moscow, financial specialists consider the American election, and the possible election of Joe Biden, to be a major factor in the weakening of the ruble.

For the Russians, the image of supposed affinities between Putin and Trump has not completely dissolved into the reality of the past four years.
For the Russians, the image of supposed affinities between Putin and Trump has not completely dissolved into the reality of the past four years. MARCOS BRINDICCI / REUTERS

In Moscow

If the Kremlin is probably preparing to “vote Trump” on November 3, it is with enthusiasm strongly tempered by the results of his first term. But despite the disappointment and uncertainties surrounding the current occupant of the White House, there is no doubt in Moscow that “It would be worse with Biden”. To the traditional reluctance vis-à-vis the Democratic Party, considered to be “harder” than the Republicans towards Russia, other considerations are added.. “There is a personal aversion between Joe Biden and Vladimir Poutin which does not exist with Trump”, says Vladimir Vassiliev, researcher at the Institute of the United States and Canada (ISK) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign has left its mark, especially in the Democratic camp, targeted at the time by the “piracy” of Russian hackers. “Mr. Biden reiterated that the United States would have to punish Russia for its interference in the American election

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