The Biggest News about the Trump-Putin Meeting Was That It Happened At All

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A relatively normal first meeting between Russian and American leaders is a good thing.

Obviously, this does not solve the Trump administration’s domestic problems around the Russia investigation, nor does it really put the bilateral relationship in a significantly more positive light. The improvement of U.S.-Russia relations, in the best of cases, will be a long and winding road. One of my favorite Russian expressions is pozhivem, uvidem: “We will wait and see.” Whether this first meeting between Putin and Trump will mark a real turning point remains to be seen; we will just have to wait and see.

Andrew Kuchins is a senior fellow at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES) at Georgetown University.

Image: Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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