Donald Trump meeting with Vladimir Putin will likely benefit the latter, as the former has very little leverage, believes the Guardian’s editorial board. There is a risk of concessions being made that largely favor Russia. Trump has been shown to be highly sympathetic with Russia, while strongly criticizing historic US allies. A divided West is what Putin wants, it also gives Trump less bargaining power. This means great sacrifices would be in order for Russia to pressure Syria to behave less aggressively in the region. Compromises like recognizing its claim to Crimea or accepting Bashar al-Assad as Syria’s ruler should not be made.
The summit between President Trump and Vladimir Putin can be highly beneficial to the US, asserts Harry J. Kazianis of Fox News. It’s an opportunity to thaw relations with Russia, which have been tense for a long time now. Cooperation in places like Syria, where both countries have a presence, could lead to the de-escalation of violence and might allow both to draw back troops. This could prevent a potential future confrontation in the region. Issues like Ukraine and cyber-hacking need to be discussed. Trump meeting Putin could make both nations see eye-to-eye, something that is badly needed.