Putin, who seeks the productive and the beneficial for him relations with the U.S., and who sets the tone for everything in Russia, including very much the foreign policy, does not really know the U.S., and he does not understand the psychology and spirit of the American people at all, although he pays the empty lip service in extolling them.
He hopes and intends, and maybe already does, to rule the U.S. through and by Trump, it looks like. However, this makes things much worse. I think, he and his ruling circles just started to realize that these strategies and tactics are not only futile but they are dangerous and disastrous for the U.S. – Russian relations. You cannot rule America by the cooptation of the parts of her financial and political elites, this will cause the disbalance in the system, with the eventual restoration of the status quo and homeostasis, the balance, with the powerful, strong, natural and the inevitable political and the geopolitical push-back against this invasive attempt.
“America” is a very complex phenomenon, very viable and adaptable, it is a phenomenon in the making, in the process of development, just like Russia is. The analysis of these comparison reveals many diverging factors, and the most of them are not in the Russia’s favor.
The sooner and deeper Putin and his circles understand this, the better it will be for them, but most likely this big and grave error will be for the next generation of the Russian leaders to correct.