Trump x Putin summit: what is 'finlandization' and how does it explain the choice of venue

Trump x Putin summit: what is 'finlandization' and how does it explain the choice of venue

Finland's choice to host meetings between US and Russian leaders has historical antecedents

Trump and Putin, who spoke last year during the G20, hold the first official bilateral meeting of Rusisa and the US in Helsinki.BBC BRASIL / Getty ImagesNot Washington, not Moscow.US Presidents Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin have chosen Helsinki, Finland, for the first official bilateral summit since the American arrived at the White House.Leaders, however, are not innovating in choosing Finland's capital as a meeting place.Since 1975, Helsinki has been the scene of important international meetings, in which rival nations and even other representatives of both countries have participated, precisely because of Finland's decades-long strategy to avoid political and military conflicts with world powers - which has attracted controversy in the past. and became known as "finlandization".Trump and Putin's meeting on Monday, 16, comes at a time of a twitch between Russia and the US relationship, especially after Trump's constant criticism of NATO, the Western military a...


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