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The Limits of US-Russian Summitry

No matter how fulsome the spirit of bonhomie in Helsinki might be, fundamental differences in U.S. and Russian interests and perspectives sharply limit the possibilities of finding common ground. Nevertheless, an emerging disconnect in Russian and Iranian interests in Syria might conceivably create an opening for a limited Russian-American understanding there.

Published on: July 11, 2018
Kirk Bennett is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer who worked most of his career on Russia and the former Soviet space.
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