Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has declared that the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was long overdue.
"It was a meeting that had to take place. I have advocated it for several years. It has been submerged by American domestic issues. It is certainly a missed opportunity. But I think one has to come back to something," he told The Financial Times.
"I think we are in a very, very grave period for the world," Kissinger added.
Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a one-on-one summit in Helsinki to discuss the current state of bilateral relations along with pressing issues on the international agenda.
While the two world leaders hailed the summit as successful and productive, a joint press conference of the heads of state sparked criticism among many current and former US officials.