The two leaders allocated just 30 minutes to a working lunch after their face-to-face meeting in Helsinki's presidential palace - which overran - meaning that a meal that has taken weeks to plan has to be delivered to the second.
Eyes On Events had a chance to look at the hectic atmosphere, as Helsinki's best chefs - the country has put on a lavish reception for the politicians and the media alike - scrambled to prepare the menu, whose contents are yet to be revealed.
In the end, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump sat opposite each other at a white-clothed table in the gilded, parquet-floored Hall of Mirrors at a somewhat late lunchtime of 4pm, but in a reportedly amiable mood, after the what the US president described as a "good start" to the summit.
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