Much awaited meeting
The President Donald Trump’s much awaited crucial meeting with President Vladmir V. Putin in Helsinki ,Finland on July 16 ended with a note of assurance for building a better future relations amongst the two world powers .
The meeting began with President Trump a bit restive and President Putin putting on a stony look.
But Flamboyant President Trump took the lead to break the ice by congratulating President Putin on a really great Soccer world cup “One of the best ever what everybody tells me. And for your team ,itself, doing so well.” And thereafter the meeting went on smoothly .
Trump and Putin addressing News Conference. 16TH JULY 2018.
Afterward , the two leaders held press conference where both addressed to the accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
Mr Putin said in response to a question at the news conference “ President Trump mentioned the so called interference of Russia in the American elections.I had to reiterate things I said several times that the Russian State
has never interfered and is not to interfere in the internal affairs of America including the election process.”
Mr Trump replied when asked whether he believed his American agencies ,which allege that Russia interfered in 2016 United States elections or Putin.
“ They think is Russia .I have President Putin – he just said it is not Russia ,I do not see any reason why it would be”
Mr Trump regarded it as ‘ misconduct of Democrats during the campaign.’
Mr Putin took more frontal approach “ As to who is to be believed ,as to who is not to be believed ,you can trust no one .
Where did you got this idea that President Trump trusts me or that I trust him. He defends the interests of United States of America and I defend the interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests in common and we are looking for points of contact”
Trump said “ what he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working as on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people .I think that is an incredible offer.”
In a later tweet Mr Trump wrote “ As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people’. However , I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future , we cannot focus on the past — as the world’s two ,largest powers , we must get along”.
On Monday in a couple of Tweets Mr Trump branded the special Counsel Investigation into Russia’s election interference “Rigged Witch Hunt . Many years of U.S foolishness and stupidity .”
He even clarified “ I hold both countries responsible . I think United States has been foolish . I think we all have been foolish”
He continued further ,” our relationship has never been worse than it is now .However that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that.”
But back home some Senators ,both Republican as well as Democrats echoed discontentment , remorse and a silent protest through Tweets.
Jeff Flake , a retiring Senator from Arizona said on a Twitter
“ I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful”.
Senator Ben Sasse, Republican from Nebraska said “This is bizarre and flat out wrong.” “The United States not to be blamed.” he concluded.
Representative Justin Amash from Michigan put on Twitter “A person can be in favour of improving relations with Russia ,in favour of meeting with Putin and still think something is not right.”
Democrats spoke more brazenly.
Senator Edward .J. Markey of Massachusetts called Mr Trump’s performance as “national embarrassment”
Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on the press Conference that Moscow and Washington could cooperate to reduce volatility in the oil market thus making US a sort of silent partner in OPEC .
President Tump ,however naive and egomaniac at times , deserves kudos for taking on one –on –one meeting with his counter part Mr Putin to improve relations and cooperation between two powerful Nations to foster much needed peace and thus ensure a better future and tackle global problems on hand with determination , despite areas of disagreement.
The annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by Russia and Trump’s withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal are some of the many areas of disagreement to address to.
However Mr Putin was glad to admit that the war in Syria could be “the first showcase example of successful joint work” between two countries.
In this era of strong man politics,fear ,resentment ,xenophobia and bigotry around the world ,Mr Trump took courage in his both hands to meet President Putin for well meaning meeting.
Mr Trump is a leader who believes in making things happen rather than beating about the bush.
Mr Putin must be equally glad to be in the club of global leaders.