At the beginning of the session, which was gathered, today, Wednesday, in a luxurious villa in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin and American Joe Biden, The latter took the initiative to emphasize that direct meetings are always better. He stressed the importance of meeting face to face, in an attempt to reduce tensions between the two countries.
As he said, sitting next to his Russian counterpart, who shook hands warmly minutes ago: “It is always better to meet face to face.”
For his part, Putin thanked Biden for his initiative, hoping that today’s summit would be fruitful.
The two presidents arrived earlier today at Villa Lagrange, where they were received by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin.
The three exchanged greetings and handshakes, while the Swiss host stressed his desire for a constructive dialogue between the two presidents for the benefit of the world.
Handshakes and smiles between Putin and Biden (AFP)
Later, the Kremlin announced that the summit between Biden and Putin ended after two hours of talks.
First meeting since Biden presidency
It is noteworthy that the meeting, which is the first since Biden took office last January, is expected to address a number of thorny issues and outstanding issues between the two parties.
However, the two sides played down the possibility that the summit would yield significant results, although they hoped that those talks, which would extend over 3 meetings between two delegations from the two countries (including only one of the two presidents), in a luxurious villa on the shores of Lake Geneva, would lead to more stable relations. .
A handshake between Putin and Biden in their first meeting in Geneva since the election of the American president
Many disputes have strained relations between the two sides, including hacking, US accusations of Moscow of launching disinformation campaigns on the Internet, and interfering in US elections.
The file of human rights and the Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, in addition to the issue of Crimea and Ukraine, was one of those issues that aroused Moscow’s suspicion and angered the Kremlin.
Those differences raised tension between the two parties, who exchanged the expulsion of ambassadors and diplomats, while Washington imposed sanctions on a number of Russians.