As the dust settles on the 16 July Helsinki summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the discussion continues to focus on whether Putin or his US counterpart came out on top, exactly what was said in the closed-door session and whether there will be another summit. One significant European angle, however, continues to be overlooked: what the summit revealed...
In a move that surprised casual observers, the Swedish Armed Forces announced on 14 September a permanent and immediate deployment of forces to the Baltic island of Gotland. The move reflects a worsening security situation in the region over the longer term.
Last Monday a UN aid convoy was targeted and destroyed by what appears to be Russian-made munitions. It is therefore likely that either the Russian Air Force or the Syrian Air Force carried out the attack.
Despite attempts by Russia to create mechanisms to soften the impact of ‘targeted’ financial and energy sanctions, full reintegration, even in a scenario of future divergence between the US and the EU, will be difficult to achieve.