Carnegie Europe is on the ground at the 2018 NATO summit in Brussels, offering readers exclusive access to the high-level discussions as they unfold.

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In the margins of the 2018 NATO summit, Judy Dempsey caught up with Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow and chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. They discussed sanctions, Merkel, Russia’s expectations heading toward the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki—and why analogies to the Singapore summit are misguided.