The United States and Russia simultaneously revealed the details of the high-stakes meeting in separate statements Thursday morning.
The White House said in its statement that “the two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues.” The Kremlin said “the present state and perspective for further development of Russian-American relations, and also current issues from the international agenda” will be discussed.
Most mainstream media outlets are salivating over the “controversy” of Russian collusion in the 2016 election, but in previous meetings, Trump and Putin addressed that and there is a good chance the whole fiasco might be shelved.
Finland’s capital has a history of hosting summits between U.S. and Russian leaders, from the Cold War through the Clinton administration. The most famous was in 1975 when President Gerald Ford met privately with Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev. …
Most recently, in 1997, Helsinki hosted a summit between President Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin, the first president of post-Soviet Russia.
And now, thanks to National Security Advisor John Bolton making the deal to get both leaders in the same room, the Finns will be hosting Trump and Putin. This major sit down and talk will be the first for the two nations since 2013 and is expected to bring a host of issues to the surface.
Trump’s sit-down with Putin is expected to be fraught with controversy. Special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate whether any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials in their efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The upcoming summit also comes amid worries about Russia’s behavior from some of Washington’s longtime European allies.
What no mention of Russian involvement in Syria or Iran? That might be more worrisome than theories of collusion that cannot be proven.