Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in the Swiss city of Geneva for a meeting with the US President, Joe Biden.
This is the highest contact the two nations has had in years amid soaring tensions.
The meeting of the two world most powerful nations is expected to cover a broad range of issues from arms control to cybercrime to the coronavirus pandemic and other diplomatic tug of war between Moscow and Washington.
The White House and Kremlin have so far sought to downplay expectations for Wednesday meeting, emphasizing the need to create for a more direct dialogue for a more stable relationship despite policy differences.
Their talks on Wednesday are expected to last four to five hours. Arrangements for the meeting have been carefully choreographed and vigorously negotiated by both sides.
Putin and his entourage will arrive first at the summit site: Villa La Grange, a grand lakeside mansion set in Geneva’s biggest park. Next come Biden and his team. Swiss President Guy Parmelin will greet the two leaders.
Biden and Putin will hold a relatively intimate meeting joined by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The talks will then expand to include five senior aides on each side.