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What to Know: The Unsolvable Helsinki Mystery

Before last week’s summit in Helsinki, speculation abounded that President Donald Trump was hatching a grand geopolitical bargain with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In exchange for Russia’s consenting to restrain or end Iran’s actions in Syria, the United States would back off sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and potentially recognize Crimea. Though no agreement was announced after the meeting, the subsequent days have done little to dispel the idea that Trump and Putin made secret deals. Is there any way for the public to learn what was discussed in Helsinki? And what does it mean for the country that the heart of American foreign policy is a black box?

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