Carlos Barria / REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, July 2017. men's Redskins Upward men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue cfc9fc

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MICHAEL KIMMAGE is Professor of History at the Catholic University of America and the author of The Decline of the West: An American Story. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio. El Naturalista EL VIAJERO GOKO men's Shoes (Trainers) in Red, adidas Ace 174 Flexible Ground men's Football Boots in White, J.bradford Derby Brown Leather JB-TIME men's Casual Shoes in BrownWilson Rush Pro 2.0 Clay Art GÜELL 1331 women's Sandals in Brown,Meindl 3018-22/45 Men's shoes Cuba GTX, Size 10.5, Lemon Yellow/ Pikolinos CALABRIA 917 women's Casual Shoes in Grey,Anderson Ballet Flats - Women Anderson Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11384671TJ,Lanvin Black Cotton Stretch Sneakers, Vans OLD SKOOL men's Shoes (Trainers) in BlueChiara Ferragni Ballet Flats - Women Chiara Ferragni Ballet Flats online on United Kingdom - 11493290DR,Vic Matiē Ankle Boot - Women Vic Matiē Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11118211CI,Cafènoir Boots - Women Cafènoir Boots online on United Kingdom - Lacoste Men's Lerond 118 1 CAM Leather Trainers, White men's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Android Homme Men's Sunset Nubuck Leather Chelsea Boots - Tan,Adidas Pharrell Williams Tennis Hu (CP9764),Casadei Boots - Women Casadei Boots online on United Kingdom - 11281413ET, Reebok Classic CLUB C 85 women's Shoes (Trainers) in WhiteSalomon X Ultra 3 GTX (398672)Hudson London Women's Karyn Suede Heeled Ankle Boots - Taupe - UK 5 - Beige,Nike Air Pegasus A/T PRM (Black),Belstaff Boots - Women Belstaff Boots online on United Kingdom - 11503041GD,Adidas Quesence Maroon OG (Maroon / Trace Blue),Tod's Loafers Shoes Women Tod'sConverse UK Jack Purcell Pro Durable Canvas, Gino Rossi Gala women's Loafers / Casual Shoes in Black, adidas VS Skate men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Adidas x White Mountaineering Terrex Two Boa (Black),Sonora Ankle Boot - Women Sonora Ankle Boots online on United Kingdom - 11361926SG, Geox WALEE B men's Boat Shoes in Brown, Superga 2750 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Grey Historic U.S.-Russian meetings tend to occur outside of Washington and Moscow. Franklin Delano Roosevelt first encountered Joseph Stalin in Tehran. At the end of World War II, they met again at Yalta, a name that would thereafter signify Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. Harry Truman’s one and only meeting with Stalin was in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin. John F. Kennedy had a shaky meeting with Nikita Khrushchev in Geneva, while Ronald Reagan had a memorable collision with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for a frenetically anticipated summit on July 16 in Helsinki. Their encounter—coming amid cascading revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, unnerving questions about Trump’s admiration for his Russian counterpart, and U.S.-Russian tensions around the globe—is certain to be a media spectacle. But as its location subtly implies, the real importance of the meeting may have little to do with the theatrics at the top. Unglamorous, largely unnoticed diplomatic processes could prove more consequential. In Helsinki in 1975, the United States, the Soviet Union, and various European powers devised a security architecture for Europe that was controversial at the time but ultimately crucial to the Cold War’s peaceful end. Without the Helsinki Accords, which fostered agreement on Europe’s borders and enshrined a nominal commitment to human rights in the Eastern bloc, the revolutions of 1989 may never have come and almost certainly would not have been as peaceful as they were.

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