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As the Helsinki summit approaches, President Donald Trump appears to be on the verge of acquiescing to the belligerent strategy and behavior that Moscow has been pursuing for decades. The summit will be a culmination of Trump's often-proclaimed eagerness for better relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump obviously relishes this latest installment in the reality-television series that is his presidency. Once the credibility of this U.S. commitment is gone, NATO's ability to deter Russia becomes hollow.The Senate Intelligence Committee last week endorsed the intelligence community's assessment that Russia tried to help Trump, who continues to deride the Russia investigation as a "witch hunt".Trump has all but capitulated U.S. opposition to Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014, arguing that it occurred on Obama's watch and isn't his problem.As president, Trump hasn't uttered a peep about the July 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, killing 298 people.Improving relations with Russia is a worthy goal – so long as it doesn't undermine security or reward bad behavior.
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