Could Trump and Putin follow such an example.
Since the end of the Cold War, summit statements have expressed an aspiration toward partnership, committing both sides to cooperation on various critical matters for mutual benefit.
But if Trump and Putin were to produce a statement in a similar vein, it would be rightly greeted with derision due to the current state of relations.
The next section of the statement would focus on possible areas for cooperation.
At the top of the list should be strategic stability, for which the United States and Russia have long borne a unique responsibility.