Moscow is anxious to begin negotiations with Trump based on the recent statements of Russian officials. The expressed mood in Russia is one of mild frustration at what they sense is a slow pace to normalizing relations with America.
So that these concerns may be smoothed over before a lack of initiative turns them into more significant obstacles we recommend Putin simply discuss diplomatic relations directly with Trump.
The important thing to keep in mind about Trump is that he often does not know details about and is not firmly wedded to specifics related to his broad policy outlines.
What this means for diplomacy with Russia is that Trump needs to be prompted before he will dive substantively into topics that are priorities to Russia but that are either not high priorities for Trump or that he is not aware of. In the absence of the nudge a direct discussion with Putin would provide it is possible that Trump will not feel compelled to further focus on Russian-American ties since they have not become worse since he took office and, therefore, from his perspective do not require greater attention.
If the Russians get the ball rolling with direct communications, Trump, as an experienced negotiator, can begin to consult with his team and return to the negotiating table with what concessions America would like to see Russia make in return for American concessions to Russia.
With both America and Russia holding numerous cards to trade, direct negotiations between Trump and Putin stand a good chance of becoming productive rapidly when actual offers are made. But before any card can be traded Trump must be reminded to take a seat at the table.