"We can all get along, it's going to be great, the world needs to get along," said President Donald Trump during a visit to Wisconsin on Thursday at his recently announced summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin  But When Trump and Putin settle in Helsinki, all the important talks about North Korea, Syria, Iran and the disarmament treaties and the fear of a new arms race will be in the limelight.
Trump's own shock and awe-inspiring diplomacy, his strange habit of getting used to the Russian leader, his recent attacks on America's closest allies while favoring US enemies and the morass in American politics over one Kremlin Interference Operation, will make their first independent meeting full of intrigue and uncertainty. 1
In normal times, the talks in Helsinki, a city resonating with the echoes of Cold War diplomacy, would not be considered controversial but overdue, since Trump has been in office for 17 months and the US Broader Russia Relations are the lowest since the fall of the Soviet Union. The two nations have big issues to discuss and defuse disagreements.
As a speaker of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said: "Even small steps to reduce tensions would be in everyone's interest."
But Trump refuses to ever criticize Putin, his incessant attacks on the institutions of the international liberal order after World War II, his habit of repeating the Kremlin's discussion points, and his difficult relations with Western leaders who regard Russia as a threat see, mean that his motives are constantly being challenged Relations with Moscow
And Putin's aggressive attempts to recreate the glory of the Moscow power in the Cold War, Moscow's annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Eastern Ukraine and a biological weapons attack a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain have seen him
In fact, some critics wonder why Trump, who is nominally the leader of the West, should offer Putin the legitimacy of a meeting that will reshape the world – let alone the warm embrace he often finds when he trusts the Russian strongman ifft.
Russian security adviser John Bolton – a Russian hawk – admitted after a meeting with Putin in Moscow the political overhang of the summit. But he said it was important that it continue.
"The President noted that the direct communication between him and President Putin despite the political noise in the US in the interest of the US, in the interests of Russia and Russia lay the interests of peace and security around the world," said Bolton.