Trump To Meet Putin For Their First-Ever Summit In Helsinki Today

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New Delhi:US President Donald Trump will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for their first-ever summit here in the capital of Helsinki on Monday, July 16. This will be Trump's third stop in his current tour of Europe during which he had controversial and combative stints at the Nato and UK.

No playable sources found Helsinki has been a prominent meeting spot of the US and Russia and its predecessor Soviet Union, especially in the Cold War era for its strategic location between the then 'West' and 'East'.

It was also in this Nordic capital that the Helsinki Accords were signed on August 1, 1975, at the conclusion of the first Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (now called the OSCE or Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe).

The Helsinki Accords were made mainly to reduce tension between the Western blocs and the then Soviet Union by securing their common acceptance of the post-Second World War status quo in Europe. The Helsinki Accords were signed by all European countries barring Albania which became its signatory in 1991 and the US and Canada. The pact recognised that the post-World War II frontiers in Europe were inviolable and all the 35 nations that signed it pledged to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms besides cooperating on various areas. The accords, however, are not binding and do not have a treaty status. After the former Soviet Union sought it since the 1950s, a European security meeting was proposed by the now-defunct Warsaw Pact in 1966 and it was accepted by the Nato.

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