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Anticipation and anxiety about President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin are hitting new highs after a stormy NATO summit in Brussels.
Trump’s sit-down with Putin, set to take place in Helsinki on Monday, was always going to be controversial given the probe into Russian election meddling led by special counsel Robert Mueller and the rampant speculation about Trump’s attitudes toward Russia.
The article goes on to state the following:
But the meeting has taken on a whole new significance after the NATO summit.
Trump blasted allied nations in Brussels for allegedly not contributing enough to NATO; hit Germany for its use of Russian natural gas; and even reportedly suggested the United States could “go it alone” if other countries did not boost their financial commitments.
“I don’t think there has been a more damaging meeting of NATO in my memory,” said David Rothkopf, a visiting scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a foreign policy expert. “Right now, the participants in NATO leave this meeting concerned about its future — statements to the contrary notwithstanding.”
Rothkopf asserted that such chaos would bring a smile to Putin’s face.
“All of this is a fantastic gift to Vladimir Putin, who strategically has no greater goal than to destabilize the western alliance,” he said.
Other Western leaders couched their disagreements with Trump in diplomatic terms, but there was no mistaking the tensions on display at the annual gathering.
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