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Here's How Past US Presidents Have Met With Russian Leaders

Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin is the latest in a long history of diplomatic and at times tense meetings between the two adversarial nations.

Posted on July 16, 2018, at 1:50 p.m. ET

President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with Joseph Stalin, the general secretary of the Communist Party, in February 1945, near Yalta in Crimea, Soviet Union.
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with Joseph Stalin, the general secretary of the Communist Party, in February 1945, near Yalta in Crimea, Soviet Union.

From left: British Prime Minster Winston Churchill, President Harry Truman, and Stalin shake hands during the Potsdam Conference in July 1945.
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From left: British Prime Minster Winston Churchill, President Harry Truman, and Stalin shake hands during the Potsdam Conference in July 1945.

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev receives a turkey from President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his state visit on Sept. 15, 1959.
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Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev receives a turkey from President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his state visit on Sept. 15, 1959.

Khrushchev talks with President John F. Kennedy in Vienna on June 4, 1961.
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Khrushchev talks with President John F. Kennedy in Vienna on June 4, 1961.

Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin and President Lyndon B. Johnson engage in a discussion assisted by an interpreter over lunch at the Glassboro Summit Conference in Glassboro, New Jersey, in June 1967.
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Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin and President Lyndon B. Johnson engage in a discussion assisted by an interpreter over lunch at the Glassboro Summit Conference in Glassboro, New Jersey, in June 1967.

President Richard Nixon and visiting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev during the official welcoming ceremonies on the White House lawn on June 18, 1973.
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President Richard Nixon and visiting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev during the official welcoming ceremonies on the White House lawn on June 18, 1973.

President Gerald Ford meets with Brezhnev at the Vladivostok Summit in Vladivostok, Soviet Union, on Nov. 23, 1974.
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President Gerald Ford meets with Brezhnev at the Vladivostok Summit in Vladivostok, Soviet Union, on Nov. 23, 1974.

President Jimmy Carter meets Brezhnev in Vienna to negotiate the strategic arms limitation treaty on June 18, 1979.
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President Jimmy Carter meets Brezhnev in Vienna to negotiate the strategic arms limitation treaty on June 18, 1979.

President Ronald Reagan, Vice President George H.W. Bush, and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in New York on Dec. 7, 1988.
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President Ronald Reagan, Vice President George H.W. Bush, and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in New York on Dec. 7, 1988.

President Bush and Gorbachev during the 1991 Moscow Summit.
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President Bush and Gorbachev during the 1991 Moscow Summit.

President Bill Clinton shares a laugh with Boris Yeltsin during the Russian president's visit for the United Nations' 50th anniversary on June 26, 1995.
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President Bill Clinton shares a laugh with Boris Yeltsin during the Russian president's visit for the United Nations' 50th anniversary on June 26, 1995.

President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin wave as they go for a ride in Putin's 1956 Volga before dinner on May 8, 2005, at his residence outside Moscow.
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President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin wave as they go for a ride in Putin's 1956 Volga before dinner on May 8, 2005, at his residence outside Moscow.

President Barack Obama and then–Russian president Dmitry Medvedev eat burgers during a lunch at Ray's Hell Burger on June 24, 2010, in Arlington, Virginia.
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President Barack Obama and then–Russian president Dmitry Medvedev eat burgers during a lunch at Ray's Hell Burger on June 24, 2010, in Arlington, Virginia.

Putin meets with his US counterpart, Obama, on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2016.
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Putin meets with his US counterpart, Obama, on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2016.

President Donald Trump and Putin shake hands ahead of a meeting in Helsinki on July 16, 2018.
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President Donald Trump and Putin shake hands ahead of a meeting in Helsinki on July 16, 2018.

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