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.

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By Michael Kimmage

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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.

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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. Comfort Class PLANTILLA EXTRAIBLE women's Sandals in Blue,3.1 Phillip Lim Hayett Zipper BootsShake Shoes - Dark Tan - Extra Wide Fit - 8,Ariat Braemar GTX Boots, Ebony Brown, UK 7,Altberg Boots AltBerg Sneeker MkII MOD Brown - please select,Ancarani Court - Women Ancarani Courts online on United Kingdom - 11226436OA, Roxy RENTON J BOOT CH4 women's Mid Boots in Replay MEN ALPARGATA COMFORTABLE men's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in White,Tod's Multi Fabric Running Sneaker,624 -50 Nappa Black 5cm heel - Nappa Black - UK 8Chatham Fox Slip On Leather Casual ShoesVango Men's Nomad Leather Walking Boots - Chocolate Brown - 9 UK,Schutz Boots - Women Schutz Boots online on United Kingdom - 11476098JN, Mustang BOULIL women's Sandals in Grey, Geox D AMARANTH B ABX women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in New Balance ML373 women's Shoes (Trainers) in Black,Minerva 2.2 Heel - WIDE FIT - Black/Silver - UK 6.5,Miss L Fire Bernie Size: EU 36, Colour: Red,Rugby Factory Shop Asics Lethal Speed RS Rugby Boots Black Blue UK 9,Nila & Nila Boots - Women Nila & Nila Boots online on United Kingdom - Roberto Cavalli WDS227 women's Low Ankle Boots in Red Wing BLACKSMITH men's Mid Boots in Supra VAIDER CLASSIC women's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in BlackBonanza (Global) Handmade Black Button Boots, Men Black button Boot, Men Button Leather Boot,Nike Wmns Air Huarache Run SE - BlauwNike Wmns Roshe One Print - Rood,L' Autre Chose Boots - Women L' Autre Chose Boots online on United Kingdom - 11559725HN, Bourne LINDSEY women's Court Shoes in Black, Via Roma 15 ankle boots in black cowhide women's Low Boots in Black, New Balance U520 men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue,The lessons of that previous U.S.-Russian encounter in Helsinki are worth remembering now. The agreement that resulted involved years of drab, painstaking diplomacy. It required agonizing compromise on both sides. It rested on work rather than optics. Under the shadow of low expectations, a difficult process preceded final success. The summit’s real importance, in other words, had little to do with momentary media spectacle. The same could be true of next week’s Trump-Putin meeting.

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