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By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)
7/16/2018 (4 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have increased.

President Trump met with President Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki today. By all accounts, the meeting went well, although it is still unclear what was negotiated. 

Trump and Putin met in Helsinki today for a historic summit many hope will decrease tensions around the globe.

Trump and Putin met in Helsinki today for a historic summit many hope will decrease tensions around the globe.

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By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
7/16/2018 (4 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: President Trump, Putin, Russia, tensions, Helsinki, Finland, summit


LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A meeting between the two most powerful men in the world has taken place in Helsinki today. President Trump sat down with President Putin for a one-on-one meeting in Finland. 

Tensions between the USA and Russia have increased since the end of the Cold War and are back to levels not seen since the 1980s. Both sides routinely conduct military operations in close proximity to one another. Such shows of force have always taken place, but the number of incidents has sharply increased. 

Russia is rebuilding its military and updating its technology to compete directly with the West. Russia is also working to expand its political influence, using its military to do so when needed. Russia has a significant presence in both eastern Ukraine and Syria. 

The United States also has a presence in those countries as well as many more around the globe. Since both powers are rising, conflict is inevitable, unless both sides can moderate their ambitions in the name of peace. 

This is exactly what both leaders are doing in Helsinki. By sharing concerns with one another and seeking common ground, the two leaders can decrease tensions and the likelihood that an accident or strained relations could lead to conflict. 

A recent example of this is the "deconfliction line" between the USA and Russia in Syria. That line has been used to prevent U.S. and Russian forces from striking one another in their mutual conflict against terrorism in Syria. 

The world has been plagued by violence and war for a long time. Since 1917, Russia has spread her errors around the world. To this day, we continue to live in the shadow of communism and militant atheism, espoused by the Soviet regimes. 

Both the U.S. and Russia must mature beyond this dark chapter in history, and that can only be accomplished through prayer and dialogue. 

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