Russian President Vladimir Putin made his preferences in the French presidential election clear Friday by hosting far-right candidate Marine Le Pen at the Kremlin.
In each nightmare scenario, Putin might take advantage of events in other countries to undermine the cornerstone alliance of U.S. international security.
The Kremlin refrained from comment on the appointment of the new U.S. national security adviser, but one lawmaker said he was likely to take a hawkish stance toward Russia.
As questions over the Trump administration's contacts with Russia roil U.S. politics, the Kremlin is taking a decidedly measured approach.
"Worse than prostitutes" says Putin of the outgoing U.S. administration for (according to Putin) trying to undermine Trump by spreading fake allegations.
Russia: How will Donald Trump deal with Vladimir Putin? To date, Trump's given vague foreign policy strategy pronouncements without ever going into detail.
A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday dismissed as an "absolute fantasy" allegations that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about President-elect Donald Trump.