U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Helsinki next week to try to find some basis for easing tensions between the two countries. They have disagreed over a host of issues, including Ukraine, Syria and alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. The Russians have already proposed some compromises: In May, they offered to have Iranian forces move back from the Israel-Syria border, according to Israeli media. They made the same offer before but with few details. What the Russians really want is an end to U.S. sanctions, and they are not going to get that in exchange for a vague and reversible agreement on Iranian withdrawal from southern Syria. The United States needs concessions on the issue that began the decline in relations in the first place: Ukraine. This would involve clear and open withdrawal of all Russian support for forces there, and the creation of some sort of arrangement in Crimea that allows Crimea to exist formally outside of
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