JRL NEWSWATCH: “U.S.-Russia Relations are Stuck on Repeat; Both Trump and Putin are now locked into narratives about what did (or did not) happen that prevent this issue from being dealt with-and this holds the entire rest of the bilateral agenda hostage” – The National Interest/Nikolas K. Gvosdev

“… the United States has not altered its position that Crimea remains a part of Ukraine and continues to deny any recognition that … annexation … [by Russia] was legal. … the United States has not, as a result of the Helsinki meeting, agreed to stop providing Ukraine with weapons or to cease the training of the Ukrainian military. … the United States remains committed to rebuilding up its military position in Europe and to continue with the enhanced forward presence in Poland and the Baltic States to ensure … a credible deterrent to Russian meddling. The United States is not withdrawing from Europe nor did Trump … give recognition to any Russian sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. … Trump also … expects American energy producers to enter the European market and to compete directly with Russia for market share. … the crucial question … whether the U.S. government plans to offer incentives or subsidies to bridge the price gap between what American producers are willing to sell energy to European countries for and what those consumers are willing to pay, given that Russian energy is [less expensive]. … there is a clear statement … that it is the policy of the U.S. government that American energy firms should be playing a greater role in meeting Europe’s energy demand … to limit … Russia’s influence … [and] income. * * * … [R]e-establishing and sustaining Russian-American dialogue on a variety of questions related to … strategic stability makes sense. The question is whether the Helsinki summit gives enough top cover for lower-level Russian and American officials to engage in dialogue and discussion. My initial sense is that it does not-and that U.S.-Russia relations will remain frozen for the foreseeable future.”

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File Photo of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Others at Table at Helsinki Summit, adapted from image at whitehouse.gov, adapted by Steven C. Welsh, www.stevencwelsh.info and www.stevencwelsh.com