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. Yurban SATURNA women's Shoes (Trainers) in White,Relax Slippers Messina womens luxurious leather slippers in pewter SizSugar Shoes - Tan - Extra Wide Fit - 6,Dubarry Waterville Boots, Bourbon, UK 7 (EU41)Altberg Boots AltBerg Sneeker MkII MOD Brown - 09 medium,Alessandro Alaia® Firenze Court - Women Alessandro Alaia® Firenze Courts online on United Kingdom - 11532803CL, John Galliano FAROM men's Shoes (High-top Trainers) in Tamaris NALIO women's Low Ankle Boots in RedChurch's Oxford Shoes Shoes Women Church'sSo Dancer CH95 - UK 7.5 - UK 6,Jacamo Chelsea Boots Standard FitTED BAKER SUEDE JEWELLED COURTSergio Rossi Boots - Women Sergio Rossi Boots online on United Kingdom - 11528316QF, Betty London NORMANDIA women's High Boots in Black, Martinelli ISIS women's Sandals in Unisa NICOLAS women's Low Boots in Black,6642 Nappa Black - Nappa Black - UK 8.5,Vans Old Skool Premium Leather - GrijsDolce Vita Tessey Low Boot BLACK SUEDE,Minnetonka Boots - Women Minnetonka Boots online on United Kingdom - 11098483RT, Asics GEL-LYTE III men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Rockport shoes comfortable living woman women's Court Shoes in Brown, Irregular Choice NICK OF TIME women's Court Shoes in BlackCounty Boots - Chocolate - Standard Fit - 4Charles Tyrwhitt Black Work Trainer Size 8.5 R by Charles Tyrwhitt,New Balance 577 BDB - Bruin,Janet Sport Boots - Women Janet Sport Boots online on United Kingdom - 11063538CK, Rieker Zinc Mens Casual Slip On Shoes men's Slip-ons (Shoes) in Black, French Sole HENRIETTA women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in Brown, Betty London EDRIS women's Mid Boots in Black,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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