The Finnish capital, which is hold’s a lot of historical significance for U.S.-Russia relations is been proposed for Trump-Putin summit. It is reported that the White House is planning to schedule the meeting between President Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin to mid-July during Trump’s trip to the United Kingdom and Brussels.
White House sources warned that plans for a potential sit-down are still being finalized, while the venue under consideration for the meeting is Helsinki, the capital of Finland, a source familiar with the planning said. The location offers Putin a neutral ground close enough to Russia so that he could return to Moscow in time for the ongoing World Cup final match on July 15.
Although nothing final about the meeting has been put in writing, “everyone’s preparing as if it’s Helsinki,” said a source familiar with the planning.
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment about the new front-runner location. President will be in Brussels July 11-12 to attend a meeting of the NATO military alliance, before travelling to the U.K. for events on July 13.
Helsinki is known to hold a lot of historical significance for U.S.-Russia relations. It was the location where President Gerald Ford traveled to 1975 to sign the Helsinki Accords in a move to improve relations with the Soviet Union. Also, President George H.W. Bush met with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in Helsinki in 1990.