Back on topic
If I were a wise dictator er, Russian leader, I would do a couple of things that I see - park a ship in international waters, near a US sub base, mock attack a USN ship, turn off the compliments in the propaganda rags, while saying relations with Trump don’t look like they are going to happen after all.
If your stooge is going to be brought down, you wouldn’t want that. And if he isn’t actually your stooge, but is beneficial to getting everyone’s mind off of your military hardware testing, territory incursions, and ally building with clients to build your other huge export (weapons), then the goals are still being achieved.
I think Putin is smarter than given credit.