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US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kremlin Is Celebrating Helsinki. For Now.

Vladimir Putin achieved his goal of embarrassing the United States. But Russians are already bracing for the backlash.

Ambassador Thomas Pickering attends a forum on the Muslim experience in America in Washington on Oct. 23, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s ‘Unbridled, Egotistical Narcissism’ Defines White House Summits

Former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering on Trump, Putin, and the world after Helsinki.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Helsinki, on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)

Trump-Putin Firestorm Brings Interpreters Out From the Shadows

U.S. politicians debate whether to force Trump’s interpreter to divulge contents of the private meeting.

Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Polish minister of foreign affairs and defense, in Krakow, Poland, on December 17, 2017.  (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

‘We Have No Idea What President Trump Would Do in a Crisis with Russia.’

Poland’s former defense and foreign minister explains how Trump left Eastern Europe in the lurch.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the 50th anniversary of a gas pipeline to Europe in Vienna on June 5. (Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)

With Trump Going Soft on Nord Stream, Congress Moves to Kill the Pipeline

U.S. lawmakers, at least, worry that Europe’s reliance on Moscow for energy could give Russia key leverage.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

How Much Damage Did Trump Cause in Helsinki?

The president’s disgraceful remarks could have disturbing results.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump speak to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Performance in Helsinki Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise

U.S. allies in Europe are resigned to a trans-Atlantic relationship that keeps getting worse.

Alexander Vershbow, the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2001 to 2005 and former deputy secretary-general of NATO, steps up to his chair after addressing delegates in Budapest on May 18, 2015. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Unless They Pay a Price for It, They’re Going to Keep Doing It.’

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia says Trump can’t hold Moscow accountable by “winging it.”

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‘It Was Nothing Short of Treasonous’

How people in the United States and Russia responded to the Helsinki summit.

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Trump on Putin: The U.S. President’s Views, In His Own Words

A history of contradictory statements from 2015 to the present.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrive to attend a joint press conference after a meeting in Helsinki on July 16. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Trump Is Getting Away With Foreign-Policy Insanity

The only people who can stop his sucking up to Russia have lost all their credibility.

Two Dutch passports lie in a field among luggage, personal belongings and wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Jul. 22, 2014, in Grabovo, Ukraine. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images.)

State Department Silent on MH17 Anniversary Following Trump-Putin Firestorm

The department prepared to criticize Russia’s role in the 2014 downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, but the statement was never released.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hands President Donald Trump a World Cup football during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Trump’s Unrequited Love for Vladimir Putin

When the U.S. president looks at Vladimir Putin, he doesn't see his handler. He sees his dad.

Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters June 25, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Robert Mueller Is Fighting a War

The special prosecutor's latest indictments prove he's waging more than just a legal battle.

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Thank You, Jimmy Carter

Restoring the reputation of America’s most underrated foreign-policy president.

A pro-Ukrainian protester places balloons in the colors of the flag over the fencing where members of the Ukrainian military have been locked into their base by the Russians on Mar. 14, 2014 in Bakhchysarai, Ukraine. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump Remains Evasive on Crimea Ahead of Summit With Putin

Legal experts say the U.S. president has authority to recognize Crimea as part of Russia, but sanctions would remain.

Members of the Croatian soccer team celebrate after scoring a goal against Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

How a WWII-Era Chant Found Its Way to World Cup 2018

Symbols have power, even in soccer. Just ask Croatia.

US President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.      (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Sees Trump as an Easy Mark on Syria

Before their Helsinki summit, the U.S. president has given his Russian counterpart little reason to take him seriously.

A woman is locked up in a transparent suitcase reading "Stop Human Trafficking! 60 Years of Human Rights" on a luggage belt at the airport in Munich, Germany, on December 11, 2008. The Human Rights organization Amnesty International staged the action to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Putin Doesn’t Care about Sex Trafficking

Russia could have done something to prevent sexual exploitation of foreign women during the World Cup. It chose not to.

Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.

Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom

While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.

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