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WHAT HELSINKI AGREEMENTS?

20-07-2018

At the end of a week in turmoil over the question: What agreements betweenPutin and Trump were reached in Helsinki; a pertinent question as the two presidents had a two hour private meeting, with nobody present except an interpreter. Attached article from Brookings rightly asks this question and considers the absence of an answer from Trump, NOT NORMAL.  According to Russian sources, agreements were reacehed. What they suggest is most troubleseome. Businessman Trump apparently has no idea how to behave as President of the United States, nor apparently is he prepared to learn. 


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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