Nothing gold can stay. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a history of trying to smooth relations with Western countries by befriending incoming leaders, but it’s never truly worked. Exhibit A is the Trump administration, consumed by chaos and investigations. Kremlin officials may be watching with dismay as checks and balances inherent in working democracies override the promise of unbridled cooperation. Even as new sanctions kick in, Putin may not be ready to give up on working with Trump: He understands that seriously souring relations with Washington could hurt Moscow, too.