Trump’s visit to Russia, on the heels of his trip to the U.K., has created the appearance that the two countries are set to negotiate a historic accord on Syria.
But there is little hope that this meeting will come to fruition.
Trump is already on his way out of the Oval Office, and Russia is likely to push for a far more significant move than the one Russia and the United States reached in the past.
The first part of the summit was supposed to last for 10 days, but Trump decided to skip it, the first of several postponements.
The Trump administration also has no plan to return to the negotiating table after Trump leaves office.
The summit is likely just a placeholder for now, and the administration may not have the ability to force a deal, analysts said.
“It’s likely that the president is going to make an appearance,” said Adam Szubin, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the author of the book “Russia: A Trump Presidency.”
“If he’s not there and it’s going to be a handshake, then it’s likely he’s going back to the bargaining table.”
“It’s unlikely that Russia will be able to agree to a much bigger deal than what the U (U.S.) reached with China,” he said.
“There’s a sense that it will take more than the handshake to get them to give up the issue of Syria.”
Trump’s team is already looking to move beyond Syria.
On Friday, a White House official told reporters that the administration will be considering a wide range of options to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
A senior administration official said the U, Russia, and Iran are working on a number of different options to end the war.
One of them would be to set up a political transition in Syria that would give power to a new political leadership.
The official said this transition would be made possible by the establishment of a transitional government that would be independent of the current regime and led by a civilian leader.
Trump and his team have been pushing hard for a transition to a democratic government in Syria, but it is unclear how the White House and Russian officials will respond to the possibility of a transition.
Russia has been accused of supporting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, a key U.S. ally in the war against the Islamic State group, by allowing arms to be sent to the rebels in Syria who are battling the government.
A U.N. envoy told reporters Friday that Russian support to the Syrian rebels has been “an important factor” in the stalemate.
But Trump and Putin have never officially discussed the issue.
“The White House’s goal is to get something done, and it will happen,” Szubil said.
The White House declined to comment.
Trump’s administration has been on a campaign to delegitimize the Assad government.
He called for an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the hacking of Democratic Party emails.
He also promised to “take out” Assad, who has been fighting the Islamic States group since 2014.
But he has been unable to bring himself to publicly call Assad out, leading some analysts to say that he will be forced to keep quiet.
“We’re not going to let him get away with it,” Szobin said.
The Trump administration has tried to use a number different approaches to deal with the crisis in the Syrian civil war.
Trump has called for a no-fly zone in the country’s skies, and he has proposed a U.C.K. solution to the war that would allow for humanitarian aid to flow through a U,N.-brokered corridor.
Russia is also reportedly working to set the stage for a U.,N.-backed truce in Syria through a meeting of the U.,K.-Russia Council, which meets in St. Petersburg each year.
Russia has not yet offered to take part in such a meeting, which could give the United Kingdom a strong hand in any talks, Szubit said.
And Trump has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions on Russia for its support of Assad, and Szubion said he does not expect the U.-K.
proposal to get much traction.
“I’m not sure how long this will last, but the idea of sanctions is probably a little bit less likely than the idea that we could go back to some sort of a deal,” Szebinski said.