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US-Russian summit likely to modestly increase odds of changing sanctions policy and third-party candidate in 2020

17 July 2018


On 16 July 2018, US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a summit in Helsinki, Finland.

At the summit’s press conference, Trump blamed poor bilateral relations on past US administrations and Putin offered the US co-operation between the security agencies, including on matters such as foreign interference and cyber activities. There has been little detailed public discussion by either president on matters that had complicated the bilateral relations in previous years, including Russia’s military interventions into Ukraine, cyber warfare or the use of the Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury, UK.

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