By GPF Staff
The past 24 hours have been relatively uneventful, geopolitically speaking, but the recent signs of improvement in U.S.-Russia relations would top our list on even the busiest of days. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to lay the groundwork for a future Trump-Putin meeting. (Initial reports suggest it will take place July 16.) Then on Thursday, Russia announced its commitment to a cease-fire in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, effective almost immediately. Coincidence? Perhaps. Some Russian media have said Bolton actually de-prioritized Ukraine during the meeting, though those reports are unconfirmed. (Not for nothing, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that Russia might invade from Belarus, hardly a conciliatory gesture.) Still, in the context of U.S.-Russia relations, this is exactly the kind of development we should pay attention to.
Meanwhile, a government-backed think tank in China ha