- Europe worries that normalization of U.S.-Russian ties could put it in danger
- Presidents Trump and Putin have expressed willingness to make a deal
- However, obstacles to such a deal are great, and the Kremlin may put up the biggest resistance
Will Donald Trump strike a deal with Vladimir Putin to normalize American relations with Russia? Given the potential consequences of such a decision, many European politicians are apprehensive. The future of common, value-based Western policies on Ukraine and Syria is at stake – and by implication, so is the cohesion of the European Union as a foreign policy actor. In a letter to European leaders, issued ahead of the EU summit in Malta on February 3, European Council President Donald Tusk added “worrying declarations by the new American administration” to a list of external challenges facing Europe. Mr. Tusk had ample ground for his misgivings.