On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump repeatedly challenged the status quo regarding key US allies, including NATO, Japan, and South Korea. But his actual intentions are unclear.
US-Russian relations have been in decline, and Moscow was wary of a Clinton presidency. While Trump has spoken of improving ties, his lack of diplomatic experience may be an issue.
Though Russia's economy has suffered in recent years, due in part to Western sanctions over Russian activities in Ukraine, the Kremlin – and the Russian public – have shown little sign of yielding.