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Mixed reactions worldwide with Trump-Putin Summit

Jul 17, 2018 - 15:50
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The Trump – Putin Helsinki Summit concluded after more than two hours instead of the scheduled 90 minutes, today Monday 16 July in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

President of the United States Donald Trump and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin already met in the morning with the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö and his key officials in the Hall of State of the Finnish Presidential Palace.

With the proposed goal focusing on international relations, arms control, and disarmament issues, the press conference attended by a pool of journalists selected from 1,800 international media instead veered towards a lengthy discussion of trust issues for both worldinfo-icon leaders.
A group of protesters are calling for war to end in Afghanistan during the Trump-Putin summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. They were joining a march with 10 groups in a rally named #Helsinki-0456
President Putin started the press conference with a strong statement: “The Cold War is a thing of past. The era of acute ideological confrontation of the two countries is a thing of the remote past — it’s a vestige of the past. The situation of the world changed dramatically. Today both Russia and the United States face a whole new set of challenges. Those include a dangerous maladjustment of mechanisms for maintaining international security and stability, regional crises, the creeping threat of terrorism and transnational crime. It’s the snowballing problems in the economy, environmental risks and other sets of challenges. We can only cope with these challenges if we join the ranks and work together. Hopefully, we will reach this understanding with our American partners.”

Photo caption:"A group of protesters are calling for war to end in Afghanistaninfo-icon during the Trump-Putin summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. They were joining a march with 10 groups in a rally named #Helsinki-0456"

2016 US election meddling was denied by both parties

The first issue diverting the discussion was primarily towards the Russian meddling in the 2016 US election of which both presidents vehemently denied. “There was no collusion. I beat Hillary Clinton easily. It’s a shame that there could even be a bit of a cloud over it,” the Trump said.

“The Russian state has never interfered and will never interfere in the internal workings of the US state,” Putin said. President Trump instead asked a question in return “What happened to servers managed by the  Pakistani gentlemen? Why did the 33,000 emails of Hillary Clinton are suddenly gone?“

On this issue, both presidents agreed that Russia and the USA could have a joint investigation through a joint working group on cybersecurity.

President Putin also did not answer the question directly whether Russia had compromising materials on President Trump. “There are many prominent businessmen visiting Moscow; at that time I did not know who the president (Trump) was when he visited.“

President Putin also emphasized that, “President Trump defends the interest of the USA and I defend the interests of Russia. We are looking for areas where we can cooperate.”
“We should be guided by facts, not rumors.” he continued.

When President Trump was asked by a journalist if President Putin was an adversary or rival.  
He answered, “No, he’s my competitor. And a good one. That’s a compliment.”

US and Russia as two largest nuclear powers in the world

"Consider that 90% of nuclear power is between two countries, Russia and the US,"  President Trump reiterated when probed deeper on the trust issues, emphasizing that these should not impact any relationship between the two largest nuclear powers in the world.

President Putin pointed out that as major nuclear powers, we bear special responsibility for maintaining international security. “It’s vital — and we mentioned this during the negotiations — it’s crucial that we fine-tune the dialogue on strategic stability and global security and nonproliferation on weapons of mass destruction. We submitted to our American colleagues a note with a number of specific suggestions. We believe it necessary to work together further to interact on the disarmament agenda, military and technical cooperation. This includes the extension of the Strategic Offensive Arms Limitation Treaty. It’s a dangerous situation with the global American anti-missile defense system. It’s the implementation issue with the INF Treaty. And of course the agenda of non-placement of weapons in space.”

A lone protester Sam Husseini, carrying a ‘Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty’ was forcibly removed from the press conference area. The Guardian reported that Husseini is “communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, which seeks to expand the reach of progressive organizations in the media.” As he was escorted out by Finnish security and US secret services personnel outside the hall, he shouted “Is this a free press? You people are goons.”

Finnish president optimistic of the summit outcome

President Niinistö in the following meeting with mostly Finnish media claimed that  the two leaders are prepared to discuss the issues. “In spite of everything, dialogue is important. I hope they find answers to the questions today.”

Although there were questions on the role of NATOinfo-icon, the discussion was not broad. However, the issues of the environmentinfo-icon was brought up when a Finnish journalist asked how President Trump can be trusted when he is a vocal supporter of the coal industry.
Niinistö said that the US president understood and even answered during their Washington meeting that the best environmental argument he has heard was “when black carbon covers snow or ice, it has  serious consequences.”

Common goals to re-establish the working group on anti-terrorism

President Putin said: “We mentioned a plethora of regional crises, not always that our postures dovetail exactly, and yet the overlapping and mutual interests abound. We have to look for points of contact and interact closer in a variety of international forums”.

“As far as Syria is concerned, the task of establishing peace and reconciliation in this country could be the first showcase example of the successful joint work.”

Niinistö said that Finland is the most stable and the most free country in the world that's why the conference was held here, thanking ordinary Finnish people.

In ending the one day talk, President Putin bounced a World cup football to the US President, who passed it onto Melania Trump for their son, Baron.

View expressed in this article are of the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Pajhwok’s editorial policy.


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