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US-Russian summit will not be a watershed moment

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Significance

They are expected to discuss preparations for a presidential summit which is taking shape for next month, reportedly on June 15-16, despite harsh rhetoric, reciprocal sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.

Impacts

  • The Biden team's approach to relations seeks gradual improvement but no radical 're-set'.
  • There is little point in Biden trying to enlist Russian support for containing China; it would take incentives he cannot afford.
  • The Arctic could become a zone of cooperation rather than security contestation more than in past years.

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