Most U.S. presidents pursue a two-track policy with Russia: confrontation on some fronts, cooperation on others.
President John F. Kennedy waged a showdown with the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 — and signed a nuclear test ban treaty with Moscow the following year.
Ronald Reagan famously called the Soviets "the evil empire" — and reached a major arms control deal with them.
Barack Obama got Russia to join a sanctions campaign against Iran — and also imposed sanctions against Moscow.
"I think it's important that the U.S. be able to walk and chew gum in its relations with Russia," said James Dobbins, who worked on Russia issues at the State Department for decades and is now with the Rand Corp.
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