Political map of Russia & the former Soviet Union 15 January 2019 (Northern Eurasia Today): The Russian foreign electoral interventions of 2015 and after have so far done little to end tensions between Russia and the West. Despite Donald Trump’s pro-Russian words, the US sanctions on Russia—which followed the Crimean Crisis and the first allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections—have not been eased and US-Russian rivalry in Syria and Ukraine continues to this day.