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U.S. President Ronald Reagan's first summit meeting with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1985 produced no dramatic agreements, but helped turn the U.S.-Soviet agenda from hostility following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan toward the world-changing achievements of the late-1980s/early-1990s.Reagan's summits with Gorbachev worked because they were grounded in a strategy that was sound, sustainable and consistent with core American values.Like Roosevelt, Bush was counting on a personal touch with a Kremlin leader to advance U.S. interests and, like Roosevelt, Bush had misjudged the Russian leader. But unlike Roosevelt, Bush kept his Russia policy consistent with wider U.S. values: all through the era of good feeling with Putin, Bush advanced NATO enlargement (including to the Baltics) and supported (though not instigated) democratic movements in Ukraine and Georgia. The many Clinton-Yeltsin summits during which the United States tried (and ultimately failed) to bolster the Russian president's will to continue transformative reforms to alter Russia's relationship with the world.r Wrong calls about Russian intentions can be rectified, but only if the U.S. is willing to change course in response to developments.The potential dangers of a meeting between Trump and Putin are thus clear: the U.S. president may be overly focused on immediate media reaction and overestimate the power of personal chemistry, both in general and in particular with Putin.
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