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Biden-Putin Geneva meeting ends.

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The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden ended moments ago after hours of talks aimed at restoring relations.

I know that you have had a long trip, a lot of work. Nevertheless, many issues have accumulated in Russian-American relations that require discussion at the highest level, and I hope our meeting will be productive.

Putin to Biden

Biden thanked Putin,

It’s always better to meet face to face.

Biden.

It is believed that the ambassadors will return back to the posts. Both countries started consultations on cybersecurity. Vladimir Putin described the summit as ‘productive, substantive, concrete’ in his solo news conference. Biden is expected to deliver his own solo news conference soon.

US President Joe Biden said,

So, there was a summary done by him and by me of what we covered. Lavrov and Blinken talked about what we covered. We raised things that required more amplification or we made sure we did not have any misunderstandings. It was after two hours there, we looked at each other like, ‘okay, what next?’ What is going to happen next is we’re going to be able to look back, look ahead in three to six months and say, did the things we agree to sit down and work out, did it work? Are we closer to a major strategic stability talks and progress? … That’s going to be the test. I am not sitting here saying because the President and I agreed we would do these things that all of a sudden it’s going to work. I’m not saying that. What I am saying is that I think there’s a genuine prospect to significantly improve the relations between the two countries, without giving up anything on principles and values.

US President Joe Biden.

More information about the bilateral meeting will be disclosed soon.

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