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Full Implications from Unstructured Summit May Not Be Seen Immediately

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A meeting between Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit. July 7, 2017 (

LPAC—A televised interview today with President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton (with other recent remarks by officials on both sides) makes it clear that the entirety of Monday’s Helsinki summit will be based entirely on what the two Presidents discuss and agree upon at the outset, purely between the two of them alone, unaccompanied by any aides or officials whatsoever, in a one-on-one meeting with no time-limit. It was President Trump who had proposed this unusual format, and the Russian side agreed to it. In this respect, the Helsinki summit resembles the historic Wuhan, China, meeting in April between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which turned the course of Chinese-Indian relations back towards growing friendship and cooperation. Those two, Xi and Modi, also met alone without advisors. But the format Trump proposed for Monday’s summit even goes beyond Wuhan, in that the two National Security Advisors, with the U.S. Secretary of State and the Russian Foreign Minister, plus both Ambassadors and probably other officials not yet identified, will all be standing by in Helsinki, ready, if asked, to immediately act upon and formalize any elements of what the two Presidents agree on between them.

The unusual intimacy of this one-on-one arrangement is required to avoid disruptive outside factors, and still more to cement a deep personal friendship between President Trump and President Putin, like President Trump’s friendship with China’s President Xi. Lyndon LaRouche has always taught us that history, like science and all human action, is personal; he has taught us this both explicitly, and by the example of his own personality permeating all his many achievements.

The fact that the most important business of this summit will be conducted under four eyes alone, with no other witness, may mean that some of its most important results may not be known for some time. Yet the very fact of its occurring at all, despite the total opposition of the British faction, is of supreme importance and is a tribute to our work under LaRouche’s leadership.

Over the course of Monday, our responsibility as Lyndon LaRouche’s associates will vastly increase. Now the British imperial faction is totally out of its depth. More and more we are being looked to for leadership—the only possible leadership. What we must provide is principled leadership, in the spirit of Will Wertz’s statement to last Thursday’s "Fireside Chat."