it appears that Putin favors Hillary Clinton in the coming election.
A. Putin is a cold-blooded. realist with an agenda to expand Russian influence to encompass all of the areas of the previous Soviet Union and to become a major player in the Middle East. It is Putin’s agenda that guides his actions.[ And, from Putin’s point of view Hillary Clinton is much more likely to help him complete his agenda than is Donald Trump.]
B. Most important to Putin is the very favorable political and economic outcomes to Russia that would occur from Hillary Clinton’s expected actions relating to fracking.Thus, a major reason that he prefers Hillary Clinton is her position and likely future actions concerning Fracking.
Hillary Clinton would probably attempt to eliminate fracking (or if she could not eliminate it entirely she would drastically reduce fracking within the United States). She would accomplish this through limiting the areas for oil exploration; instituting rigorous regulations; requiring extensive environmental studies; moratoriums; etc.
This elimination or reduction of US petroleum production by restrictions on fracking would increase the world price for petroleum.
This increase would give Putin a vast increase in the value of Russia’s petroleum reserves [ thus rescuing the currently faltering Russian economy ]; it would greatly increase the value of Putin’s petroleum exports. This would give Putin additional hard currency to help finance his expansionist adventures. It would restore Russia’s previous political and economic lock on East Europe’s energy supplies.
C. A second major reason that Putin probably favors Hillary Clinton in the coming election is Putin’s belief, [based on many years of observation of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry] that a Hillary Clinton administration would continue the parameters and trend lines established by Barack Obama .[ The Obama administration has pulled back in every confrontation with Putin’s Russia. Putin has seen this US pattern and has resolved to remain the first mover, not expecting much American pushback except in words.] Examples:
b. During the presidential debate of 2012 Romney identified Russia as a potential major adversary of the United States. Obama forcefully rebuked Romney during the debate[ (Obama to Romney:”……you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFR8DbSRQE&ab_channel=RT
c. During a meeting with then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev , Obama did not know that his microphone was alive. He leaned over to whisper a confidential message that he wanted carried to Vladimir Putin …it was: “tell Vladimir “that after my election I will have much more flexibility” [this signaled that Obama was going to reverse the US missile defense agreements with Poland and other Eastern European countries. [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFR8DbSRQE&ab_channel=RT]
d. Hillary Clinton’s presentation of a “reset button” [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sudCmrAsF4&ab_channel=DouglasJohnston ]
e. Acceptance of Putin’s aggressive intervention in Ukraine;
f. State Department approval of sale of uranium reserves to a crony of Putin. [Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal by JO BECKER and MIKE McINTIRE New York Times APRIL 23, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton-foundation-as-russians-pressed-for-control-of-uranium-company.html?_r=0]
g. Hillary Clinton initiatied the negotiations with the Iranian hardliners which concluded in a deal which which permits Russia to sell advanced weaponry to Iran and receive hard currency (furnished by the United States);
h. Strategy of bringing Russia into the Middle East as a major player (as discussed in Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease Tony Badran The Tablet September 21, 2016 ) .
i. Obama’s White House has cut the military “out of the loop”in key international and military decisions [testimony of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and the Joint Chiefs of Staff…https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-09-22/obama-kept-military]