At the beginning of Barack Obama’s term in office, he softened American foreign policy towards Russia and announced his “reset” policy to accommodate Russian interests. He hoped that by giving the Russians a free hand to reassert their grip on Ukraine, the Baltics and the Caucasuses as well as abandoning missile defense for Poland and the Czech Republic; that in return they would help America with the war on terrorism and prevent Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons.
Sadly, this policy has been an utter failure for America’s interests (and our allies) and hasn’t produced any tangible results for U.S. foreign policy objectives.
Immediately after the commencement of the Obama-Biden administration “reset” policy, Russia wasted no time in working to restore the Soviet Empire. They started first by tightening the screws on Ukraine by extorting exorbitant energy prices to force compliance with Moscow’s wishes.