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  President-elect Donald Trump may desire a rapprochement with Russia, but his foreign policy could have the unintended consequence of destroying it. Here’s how.   Start with the assumption that Trump truly has serious “doubts about the usefulness of NATO” and would abandon U.S security guarantees to Europe. As François Heisbourg puts it, Europe would then likely “hedge against possible Russian pressure by enacting pro-Russian policies…. In such a Europe, Russia would have plenty of room to go well beyond the bounds of the post – Cold War Commonwealth of Independent States in trying to wield influence.”   Heisbourg doesn’t go into the details of Russia’s going “well beyond the bounds,” but it’s not unreasonable to assume that the Kremlin would go beyond exerting indirect influence over most of the