Reagan and Gorbachev appeared close to reaching a major arms reduction deal at their 1986 summit in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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When the men in the White House and the Kremlin meet, history always takes note – but how the encounters get recorded may be as different as the leaders of Russia and the United States.At other times, the significance of a U.S.-Russia summit is what almost happened.Barack Obama didn't know a nearby microphone was on when he spoke at the 2012 G-20 meeting in Seoul with Dmitry Medvedev, who was Putin's placeholder in the Kremlin for four years.Obama's final formal meeting with Putin, at a 2016 G-20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, was chilly and unsmiling. Obama had led the move to expel Russia from the Group of Eight because of Russia's annexation of Crimea.
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