Geneva Summit: Putin Addresses The Media After Talks With Biden

Geneva Summit: Putin Addresses The Media After Talks With Biden

US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have concluded their Geneva summit, the first ever meeting between the pair since Biden took office in January.

The talks on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, lasted about four hours.

Addressing reporters following the meeting, Putin said the talks were “constructive”.

Putin said Moscow and Washington will begin discussions on possible changes to the recently extended New START arms control treaty, adding that the two countries are responsible for nuclear strategic stability.

He said Russia had provided exhaustive information to the United States on cyber attacks and that the two sides agreed to start “consultations on cybersecurity”.

He said he and Biden had agreed the US and Russia would return their respective ambassadors to their posts in a bid to lower tensions between the nations.

Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, was recalled from Washington about three months ago after Biden described Putin as a killer.

Prior to the summit, expectations for any substantial breakthroughs had been low, with Moscow and Washington both openly cool on the prospects of major progress.

The pair are currently at odds over a range of issues from arms control and cyber-hacking to election interference and Ukraine.

When asked wednesday in Geneva about the Russian crackdown on Alexey Navalny’s organizations and supporters, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by talking about the Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the United States and the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

“We sympathize with what is happening in the states, but we do not wish that to happen in Russia,”

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