Symbolizing that trend is the new deployment of three thousand U.S. troops along with tanks and other military hardware in eastern Poland, directly on that country's border with Russia. That decision drew an angry rebuke from Moscow.
Long gone was the hope Obama expressed early in his presidency for a "reset" of relations with Russia. Equally obsolete was the president's ridicule of GOP nominee Mitt Romney for stating that Russia was America's principal adversary. "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back," Obama mocked his opponent in a presidential debate.
Since then, bilateral relations have deteriorated rapidly. The United States led the charge to impose economic sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support for rebel forces in eastern Ukraine.