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The U.S.-Russia summit on July 16, which will take place several days after President Trump issues a broadside against NATO Allies July 11-12 for their lack of burden sharing, will undermine U.S. and NATO interests vis-a-vis Russia. Although a summit between the U.S. and Russian presidents can be productive at the right time and with the right approach, particularly with tension running so high in U.S.-Russian relations, now is not that time. One of the potential costs of the U.S.-Russia summit may be that Trump could seek to water down the range of deterrence measures that have been prepared for leaders to support at the NATO summit, concerned that these strong measures may spoil his upcoming summit with Putin.
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