US-Russian ties have been strained in recent months, and the meeting could help mend this. Yet the meeting’s context is equally if not more important: what happens at the meeting will affect US-NATO and US-European ties, both of which have frayed recently.
- The Helsinki summit could further undermine US-European and US-NATO ties.
- Any slippage in the US-North Korean relationship before Helsinki could dent Trump’s ‘deal-maker’ image.
- Foreign policy spats are possible between Bolton and Trump.