- Russia's leader may have the stronger hand in a negotiation that could give him greater sway over eastern Europe while the U.S. gets little of strategic value in return, says Frida Ghitis
- The Trump-Putin relationship compromises the spread of democracy and human rights around the world, she writes
Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for The Miami Herald and World Politics Review, and a former CNN producer and correspondent. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)When Americans elected Donald Trump president, they unleashed a political earthquake whose magnitude the entire world is urgently trying to gauge. The list of concerns is far reaching, but for many, the most pressing is whether Trump will keep the United States as an advocate and defender of democracy, freedom, and self-determination. The question comes down to whether Trump is about to carry out a grand betrayal, known to many by the shorthand "Yalta 2.0."