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    Trump Eyes NATO Makeover, Hurried Peace in Ukraine If Elected

    Trump Eyes NATO Makeover, Hurried Peace in Ukraine If Elected

    — Donald Trump is considering scaled-back commitments to some members and a push for Ukraine to negotiate an end to the war with Russia if he returns to power next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Among possible moves in a second term, Trump allies have discussed essentially a two-tiered NATO alliance, where Article 5 — which requires common defense of any member under attack — would apply only to nations that hit defense-spending goals, according to the people, who asked not to be identified and cautioned that no policy decisions have been finalized. Others are advocating new tariffs on laggard countries, they said.

    Trump advisers have also discussed getting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin around a negotiating table early in a potential second term, according to the people.

    The initiatives, if pursued, would upend decades of U.S. policy, fracturing a defense alliance that has shaped European security since the Cold War and worrying allies in about Washington's commitment to counter .

    One adviser to Trump said the promise of severing U.S. military aid could help get Ukraine to the negotiating table, while the threat of increased U.S. assistance could prompt Russia. Advisers including Larry Kudlow and Robert O'Brien have also publicly pushed for tougher sanctions on Russia's central bank to sway Putin.

    The people added that the Trump…

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