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    In April US President Joe Biden offered Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet during the summer in one of the European countries.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden are meeting at Villa La Grange, near Lake Geneva in the city's biggest park.

    The negotiations will consist of three parts: narrow-format talks and two rounds of extended discussion, with a coffee break. The meeting, which will be held under enhanced coronavirus measures, is expected to last up to five hours. The presidents will not, however, hold a joint press conference. Putin's presser will take place before the press conference of his counterpart. 

    Both the White House and the Kremlin have announced that the leaders are to touch base on a wide range of topics, ranging from strategic stability, information security and cybercrime to the Arctic, climate change, and the fight against COVID-19. They also plan to discuss prospects for trade and investment cooperation between the two countries during the meeting.

    The presidents will discuss the Middle East, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, as well as the Iranian nuclear programme. Special attention is planned to be paid to Nagorno-Karabakh and Belarus.

    In April, Putin and Biden held a phone conversation to discuss bilateral ties, during which the US president proposed that he and his Russian counterpart hold a personal meeting in a third country in the near future.

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    • 10:10

      Why Did Biden Shake Putin's Hand in the Time of COVID?

      Dr. Carole Lieberman, a board-certified psychiatrist and best-selling author, explains why Biden chose to exchange a firm handshake with Putin, instead of repeating the elbow-bowing bid which he opted to use with other European leaders:

      "President Biden did extend his hand first for a handshake and President Putin did reciprocate with a seemingly genuine
      handshake, as well.

      Why did Biden shake hands in the time of Covid-19? Though many at the G7 meeting greeted each other with awkward elbow bumps, when President Biden was on his own, he just reached out to shake President Putin’s hand automatically, because he wasn’t surrounded by others taking Covid-19 precautions, and because he felt it was more important to offer a gesture of goodwill to President Putin, whereas the others at G7 took his goodwill for granted."

    • 22:36

      Yaroshenko Lawyer Says Contacted Russian Embassy in US for Help After Biden-Putin Summit

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The lawyer for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a prison sentence in the United States, contacted the Russian Embassy in Washington to facilitate a prisoners exchange after the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden in Geneva.

      On Wednesday, Putin said after the summit with Biden that they raised prisoners exchange as an issue on which compromises could be found between Russia and the United States.

      “I contacted the embassy, ​​expressed my readiness to fully support the American judicial system in order to implement the release of our compatriots,” Yaroshenko’s lawyer Alexey Tarasov said on Wednesday.

      Tarasov said he contacted the Russian diplomats after the summit in Geneva concluded because it offered hope for the release of Russian citizens who are held in US prisons.

      “This could be an impetus for movement on the issue of the release of Konstantin Yaroshenko and Viktor But,” Tarasov said.

      Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in 2010 on suspicion of drug trafficking and later extradited to the United States. In 2011, a US court sentenced Yaroshenko to 20 years in prison for allegedly taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle a large amount of drugs into the country. Yaroshenko pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

    • 21:55

      Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chief Welcomes US-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hopes the creation of a strategic stability dialogue between the United States and Russia will reduce the risk of armed conflict.

      "I welcome the establishment of the Strategic Stability Dialogue and hope substantive progress can be made to reduce the risk of armed conflict," Menendez said in a press release on Wednesday.

      Menendez also said he expects the Biden administration to take appropriate measures in response to any Russian actions that concern the United States.

    • 21:11

      Putin-Biden Summit in Geneva Leaves Positive Impression, Former Slovak Prime Minister Says

      PRAGUE (Sputnik) – The summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US leader Joe Biden in Geneva and the assessment they gave to the talks, made a positive impression and gave some hope for improving the international climate, former Slovak Prime Minister Jan Carnogursky, who was in office from 1991-1992, told Sputnik on Wednesday.

      "On the eve of the summit of the Presidents of Russia and the United States, most forecasts about its future results were very pessimistic. There have been too many recriminations on both sides lately. Therefore, the assessment of the negotiations and their atmosphere given by both presidents at subsequent press conferences was a pleasant surprise. This raises certain hopes for improving the international climate," Carnogursky said.

      According to the politician, it is vital that Putin and Biden agreed on a set of issues — in particular, the common ground on the importance of the Minsk agreement for the resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Besides, the leaders also agreed on the need to jointly prevent tension in the Arctic as a potential area of rivalry between the two leading powers.

      "The fact that several issues raised at the talks, according to the statements of both presidents, will be discussed at the level of the relevant ministries, indicates the interest in their solution. I mean, for example, the topics of strategic and cybersecurity,” Carnogursky noted.

      He also compared the Putin-Biden summit with the previous one, held in 2018 in Helsinki between the Russian President and former US President Donald Trump.

      "Trump had a lot of impulsiveness, improvisation. Behind his words, there was no confidence that the preliminary agreements raised at the meeting would be continued in practice, which in many respects happened. I would like to believe that Biden is a more serious politician in this sense, who will try to implement at least part of the intentions that were voiced in Geneva. It is no accident that the American president stressed that the cold war is not in the interests of either the United States or Russia,” Carnogursky explained.

      As for mutual visits, which, according to Putin, have not been discussed at the summit, Carnogursky said that it would come to this matter in case the bilateral negotiations on the issues continue successfully.

      "We need a mutual interest in the development of cooperation, in the positive results of the negotiations. Today, it was announced by both presidents. I think the whole world hopes for success, " the Slovak politician concluded.

    • 20:50

      US Under Secretary Nuland Will Travel to Brussels to Follow Up on Summits With Putin, NATO

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland will be in Brussels June 17-18 to meet with allies to follow up on the recent EU, NATO summits as well as on President Joe Biden’s meeting with his Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss common foreign policy issues, the Department of State said on Wednesday.

      “Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to Brussels June 17-18 to follow up with our Allies and partners on the NATO and U.S.-EU summits and the President’s meeting with Russian President Putin,” the Department said in a release.

      “Under Secretary Nuland will meet with NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana and members of the North Atlantic Council.  The Under Secretary will also meet with European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino to highlight U.S.-EU cooperation on a wide range of issues, including tackling complex foreign policy challenges.”

    • 20:49

      'Tone Improves' Between US, Russia After Geneva Summit, Ex-Ambassador to Soviet Union Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - There was a certain improvement in tone between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladmir Putin during their talks in Geneva, former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock told Sputnik.

      "Certainly there is an improvement in tone," Matlock said when asked to assess the summit. "We will see whether future actions bring positive results."

    • 20:07

      Bout's Lawyer Believes Potential Prisoner Swap Contributes to Strengthening Russia-US Ties

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The lawyer of Viktor Bout, a Russian national serving his 25-year sentence in the United States, expressed the belief that the discussion of the potential Russian-US prisoner swap at the top-level summit in Geneva was a great start for boosting the partnership.

      Bout was sentenced to 25 years back in 2012 on charges of conspiring to kill Americans and of supplying Colombian rebels with weapons. The Russian citizen pleaded not guilty. His defense team expressed hope earlier this week, ahead of the summit of Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, that Biden would consider the opinion that their client should be included in the swap.

      "President Putin's commitment to an exchange of prisoners is a great start and a signal to the world that Russia and the US are prepared to end the hostility between the countries and build a strong and lasting partnership," Steve Zissou, who leads the attorney group representing Bout’s interests in the US, told Sputnik in a phone conversation.

      "The quickest way to build a partnership based on trust would be to repatriate Russian and American prisoners," Zissou added.

    • 20:06

      Arms Control Group: New US-Russia START Follow-On Talks Must Have Transparency Agreement

       Russia has 24 ballistic missile interceptors more than the United States, a senior US arms control official claimed.

      Arms Control Group: New US-Russia START Follow-On Talks Must Have Transparency Agreement

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Future negotiations concerning the New START Agreement should begin with a transparency agreement that would oblige both sides to declare in detail their stockpiles of nuclear weapons, Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the United States-based Arms Control Association, told Sputnik on Thursday.
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    • 19:54

      Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Believes First Strategic Consultations With US Possible in Coming Weeks

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov expressed the belief that Russia and the United States could start their strategic stability consultations, which the presidents agreed to launch, already in the coming weeks.

      Earlier on Wednesday, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden agreed to lay the groundwork for future arms control through strategic stability consultations. In addition, they reaffirmed the principle that "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought."

      "We are yet to determine the dates, but by all appearances, this is a matter of weeks, not months," Ryabkov told Russia's Kommersant newspaper.

      It will be quite difficult to align approaches, but Russia is ready to face this "higher diplomatic mathematics" challenge, the high-ranking diplomat assured.

      "It is important to have not only political will, but also a creative approach. This will be fully ensured from our side. We have sufficient expertise. Interdepartmental interaction is efficient. We hope that the US side will show an equally high level of professionalism," Ryabkov stated.

    • 19:37

      Kremlin Spokesman Says There Are No Grounds Yet to Remove US From Russia's List of Unfriendly Nations

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      Kremlin Sees No Reason to Remove US From Russia's List of Unfriendly Nations

      GENEVA (Sputnik) - There are no grounds yet to remove the United States from Russia's list of unfriendly nations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on Wednesday after the top-level summit.
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    • 19:33

      Putin-Biden Negotiations Went as Moscow Expected in General, Kremlin Spokesman Says

    • 19:20

      Biden Departs Geneva Following His Meeting With Russia’s Putin

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden has left Geneva after meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapping up his first trip to Europe since inauguration, CNN reported on Wednesday.

      The meeting of the two leaders took more than three hours, during which all the topics planned for discussion between the two powers’ representatives were covered while both leaders said the summit was productive.

    • 18:26

      Biden Says He Sees Genuine Prospects for Better US-Russia Relations

      US President Joe Biden told reporters on Wednesday that he sees a genuine opportunity to significantly improve the relationship between the United States and Russia after he met earlier with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

      “I am not standing here saying because the President and I agreed that we would do these things then all of a sudden it is going to work. I am not saying that. What I am saying is I think there is a genuine prospect to significantly improve the relationship between our two countries without us giving up a single solitary thing based on principle and our values,” Biden said during a press conference.

      Biden also said the success of the summit will be determined by “practical, straightforward, no-nonsense decision that we have to make or not make.”

      “We will find out within the next six months to a year whether or not we actually have a strategic dialogue that matters. We will find out whether we work to deal with everything from release of people in Russian prisons or not. We will find out whether we have a cybersecurity arrangement that begins to bring some order,” Biden said.

      The US president voiced confidence that neither Russia, nor the US wants “to be in a situation where we were in a new Cold War.”

      “And I truly believe he [Putin] thinks that. He understands that,” Biden said. He added that while Putin may have concerns “about being encircled, that we in fact are looking to take down”, these are not the driving force for him in shaping relationship with the US.

    • 18:25

      Biden Says Putin Hopes US Can Maintain Peace, Security in Afghanistan

      US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is hopeful the United States can maintain peace and security in Afghanistan.

      "He [Putin] asked us about Afghanistan, he said that he hopes we are able to maintain some peace and security and I said that has a lot to do with you [Russia]," Biden said during a press conference after the bilateral summit in Geneva.

      Biden added that Putin told him Russia was prepared to help on strategic security matters related to Afghanistan and Iran.

    • 18:12

      What Gifts Did the Two Presidents Give Each Other?

      Putin presented Biden with a stationery set decorated in the traditional Russian painting style of Khokhloma, while the US President gave Putin a pair of aviator glasses and a crystal sculpture of a bison.

      “President Biden gifted President Putin a crystal sculpture of an American Bison by Steuben Glass of New York, a stately interpretation of one of our nation’s most majestic mammals and representative of strength, unity, resilience,” the White House official said in a statement distributed from the US Presidential press pool.

      US leader also presented his Russian colleague a pair of custom aviator sunglasses made by Randolph USA, the notice added.

      “In 1978, Randolph joined forces with the US military to produce the HGU-4/P Aviator designed for fighter pilots. They have since provided the U.S. military and NATO partners with their high-level, durable aviators, manufactured domestically in their Massachusetts factory,” it said.

    • 18:08

      Biden Says Discussed Arctic, Syria And Iran With Putin

      US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed during their meeting in Geneva issues concerning Syria, Iran and the Arctic.

      Biden said he also discussed with Putin efforts to prevent the resurgence of terrorism in Afghanistan.

    • 18:07

      Biden Says Shared With Putin US Concerns About Belarus

      US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he raised the United States' concerns about Belarus during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

      "I communicated the United States' unwavering commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, we agreed to pursue diplomacy related to the Minsk agreement and I shared our concern about Belarus," Biden said during a press conference.

    • 17:41

      New Cold War Not in US or Russia's Interests, POTUS Says

    • 17:31

      Biden: I Made It Clear We Will Respond to Actions That Impair Our Vital Interests, or Those of Our Allies

    • 17:29

      Biden: We Discussed With Putin Measures to Prevent Resurgence of Terror in Afghanistan

    • 17:28

      We Discussed Making Sure Arctic Was a Free Zone, Biden Says

    • 17:26

      Biden: Human Rights Always Going to Be on the Table

    • 17:23

      US President Explains His Agenda at Summit With Putin

      President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland.

      Biden: My Agenda is Not Against Russia, It's for the American People

      The much-awaited meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden lasted about three-and-a-half hours. The summit proved to be the very first time that Biden met Putin as the American commander-in-chief.
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    • 17:23

      Biden's Presser Begins

      US President Joe Biden arrives for an EU - US summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2021.

      Biden Speaks to Media After Summit With Putin

      This was the first Russia-US summit since 2018 when the former US President Donald Trump met up with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
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    • 17:14

      Putin on Negotiations With Biden: We Met to Make World Safer Place

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his negotiations with US President Joe Biden were important, as they met to make this world a safer place.

      A reporter asked Putin at a press conference how he would explain to her nine-year-old daughter the importance of the summit.

      "It is nice that your nine-year-old daughter is interested in such questions. The answer is quite simple: you should just look around ... You see, this world is so wonderful, and adults, leaders of two countries, of two major nuclear powers, meet to make this world a safe and flourishing home for all those living on our planet," Putin said.

    • 16:54

      What Was There Behind Two Presidents' Body Language During Meeting?

      Patti Wood, body language expert and author of 'SNAP Making the Most of First Impressions Body Language and Charisma'

      "I thought there was a couple of things that were interesting - in the handshake, Biden not only initiated the handshake, he got Putin's attention, sort of called him out. Not only Biden did that but he also kept Putin in the handshake. So the handshake lingered a bit - that was slightly similar to the way Trump would extend the handshake but not the power, overriding dominance that Trump uses, but instead just a sign of, hey, I'm confident. And during that handshake, Putin looked away and look towards the cameras instead of Biden, not really fully engaging in the handshake.

      Then also, I had a longer piece of tape that I analyzed - of them sitting together and Biden was sitting in some respects at his normal seated position, when he's meeting with world leaders. Biden typically does a leg cross, with his leg crossed towards the other leader. So Biden did that. That's what he normally does. But what he also did, he crossed his leg with his foot twisting to point towards Putin. That twisting showed his extra effort to focus on Putin, connect with him.

      Putin was sitting with his normal leg splayed out and the toes pointed outward. That's just a normal seating position. And that indicates I am powerful. I take up more space than the normal person. But in many ways, also Putin has a slouch, kind of relaxed down in the chair position that he usually does. And that shows a little bit of defiance that I have so much power and I don't have to be sit up straight. But the slouch was a little bit more down, downward body language, and his head was down more that he seemed tired to the point of he looked exhausted. And overall Putin didn't show a lot of, in the footage that I saw, I didn't see him show a lot of energy and engagement with Biden."

    • 16:39

      Putin: Sputnik, RT Labelled as Foreign Agents in US Comply With US Laws, While US Media Do Not

    • 16:25

      US Losses From Sanctions Are No Less Than Russia's, Putin Says

    • 16:23

      Putin: We Don't Want What Happened at US Capitol to Happen in Russia

    • 16:19

      Kremlin: Putin, Biden Sign Joint Statement on Strategic Stability

    • 16:18

      Putin Says No Animosity During 'Quite Constructive' Talks With Biden

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that there was no animosity during his discussions with US President Joe Biden in Geneva, which Putin added were "quite constructive."

      "I think that there was no animosity. On the opposite, our meeting took place, and principally speaking our positions differ in many areas, but from my point of view, both sides showed a willingness to understand one another and to find ways of bringing our positions closer together. Our discussions were quite constructive," Putin said in a post-summit presser.

    • 16:10

      CNN: Biden and His Aides Are Closely Following Putin's Press Conference

    • 16:03

      Putin Says Biden Agrees on Solving Ukraine Conflict Through Minsk Accords

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he believes US President Joe Biden agrees that the Minsk agreements as the way forward in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

      "As far as I understand, President Biden agrees that the basis for a settlement in Ukraine should be the Minsk accords," Putin said in a post-summit presser.

    • 15:55

      Putin: We've Agreed With President Biden to Start Consultations on Cybersecurity

    • 15:53

      US, Russia Bear Special Responsibility For Strategic Stability as Nuclear Powers, Putin Says

    • 15:51

      Putin: Russia and US Agreed to Bring Back Their Ambassadors

      Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a news conference after the U.S.-Russia summit with U.S. President Joe Biden at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021.

      Putin Says Russia, US Bear Special Responsibility for Strategic Stability as Nuclear Powers

      The Russian and US presidents held a marathon 4.5 hour summit meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, discussing a broad range of issues.
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    • 15:50

      Putin Says Discussed Strategic Stability, Regional Security, Cyberthreats With Biden

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he discussed topics such as strategic stability, regional security, and cyberthreats during his face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden.

      "The themes [of the discussions] are likely known to everyone: strategic stability, cybersecurity, regional conflicts, trade relations, and we also talked about cooperation in the Arctic," Putin said.

    • 15:49

      Putin Begins His Press Conference After Talks With Biden

      President Putin Holds Press Conference After Summit With Biden in Geneva

      The Russian president and his US counterpart met at the Villa La Grange in Geneva to discuss a number of issues, including bilateral relations, arms control and human rights. The meeting lasted about three-and-a-half hours.
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    • 15:36

      Putin-Biden Talks Were 'Quite Successful', Source in Delegation Says

      The talks between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden at Geneva’s Villa La Grange were successful, a source in the delegation said.

      The meeting between the two presidents lasted about 4.5 hours.

      "[The talks were] quite successful," the source said. 

    • 15:31

      Biden Leaves Villa La Grange

      US President Joe Biden left the summit venue in Geneva after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      Biden showed thumps up when leaving, video of his departure showed.

      US President Joe Biden poses for a photograph prior to his meeting with Russian President at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

      Watch Biden Give Thumbs Up as He Leaves Geneva Villa Where He Held Talks With Putin

      The meeting between the Russian and US presidents lasted about three-and-a-half hours, White House officials told reporters on Wednesday. The duo met in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss an array of issues, including bilateral relations being "at their lowest" in years, arms control, strategic security, COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
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    • 15:15

      Extended Bilateral Meeting Breaks Up at 17:05 Local Time, White House Official Says

    • 14:58

      Joe Biden Pictured Going Into the First Round of Extended Talks With Vladimir Putin

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    • 14:38

      Members of American and Russian Delegations in Geneva: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (top), Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov with Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov (middle) and Russian Envoy to the US Anatoly Antonov with Putin's Spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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      President Vladimir Putin and President Joe Biden held talks at the Villa La Grange in Geneva
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    • 14:26

      First Round of Putin-Biden Talks in the Extended Format is Taking Place in Geneva

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    • 14:19

      Joe Biden Brings His Flashcards to the Summit With Vladimir Putin

      US President Joe Biden during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, 16 June, 2021.

      Twitter Buzzes Guessing What’s on Flashcards Used by Biden at Summit With Putin

      The Russian and US presidents are holding their face-to-face meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, with the summit – the first of its kind since 2018 – taking place amid the latest escalation of tensions between the two nuclear superpowers.
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      Dr. Carole Lieberman, a board-certified psychiatrist and best-selling author based in Beverly Hills, California

      "President Putin has made it clear that he likes and respects former President Trump much more than President Biden - and one cannot blame him. The cue cards are an embarrassment for Biden and Americans. Biden’s need for cue cards reflect the cognitive problems I have warned about before."

    • 14:04

      First Round of Extended Talks Between Russian and American Delegations Begins in Geneva

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden Meet in Geneva
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    • 13:59
      Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden, left, attend a meeting at the Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland

      White House Pool Reporter Says Media Scuffle At the Putin-Biden Summit 'Most Chaotic' in Decade

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A White House pool correspondent shared in his report on Wednesday that the media fight in the wake of the meeting between the Russian and Us presidents is the most chaotic she has witnessed in almost a decade.
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    • 13:21

      'Narrow Format' Putin-Biden Talks Come to an End After Nearly Two Hours - Kremlin

      This part of the summit was slated to last an hour and fifteen minutes, according to the initial plan, but lasted much longer.

      There will be a break now before delegations move on to the extended talks. 

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden arrives for their meeting at the Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland.
      © Sputnik / Sergey Guneev
    • 12:51

      Putin-Biden Talks in Narrow Format Are Going For Over an Hour, Kremlin Says

      The presidents and their top diplomats will then be joined by other officials from Russian and American delegations for the two rounds of extended discussions.

      The first round is expected to begin at 3:55 pm and be followed by a coffee break. The second one will start at 5:40 pm, according to the Kremlin. 

    • 12:21

      Swiss President Guy Parmelin on Twitter: 'Thanks to All Those Committed to Ensuring That the Summit Can Take Place Under the Best Possible Conditions'

    • 11:54

      Swiss Air Force Jets Escorted Putin's Plane as He Was Approaching Geneva - Kremlin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin walks after stepping down from an airplane ahead of U.S. - Russia summit, on Geneva Airport Cointrin, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021

      Kremlin: Swiss Fighter Jets Escorted Putin’s Plane When it Approached Geneva

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The plane of the Russian President Vladimir Putin was escorted by Swiss fighter jets when it entered Geneva’s airspace on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
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    • 11:51

      Not One Handshake!

    • 11:39

      Biden Says He Hopes to Establish 'Predictable' & 'Rational' Framework Even Though Russian an US Interests Diverge

      Russia's president said, meanwhile, that he hopes the meeting will be "productive".

    • 11:37

      Putin Thanks Biden For Taking the Initiative to Meet

      US President Biden started the meeting with his Russian counterpart by saying it is "always better to meet face-to-face", as the two exchanged jokes. 

      The United States does not exclude any possible topics during the Biden-Putin meeting, according to a senior White House official cited by Fox News. 

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    • 11:30

      The Putin-Biden Handshake

      © Sputnik / Sergey Guneev
    • 11:25

      Putin and Biden Meet Inside Villa La Grange in Geneva

      The two presidents greeted each other before starting narrow-format talks that would proceed to two rounds of extended discussions.

    • 11:21

      US President Joe Biden Arrives to Summit With Putin

      President Biden arrived at Villa La Grange 12 minutes after Putin, journalists noted. He also shook hands with Swiss President Guy Parmelin and headed inside the villa for talks with the Russian president.

    • 11:17

      Biden is Heading to Meeting With Putin

    • 11:13

      Putin Shakes Hands With Swiss President Parmelin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands with Swiss President Guy Parmelin ahead of the summit with Biden.

    • 11:04

      Putin Arrives to Villa La Grange in Geneva

      Russia's President Vladimir Putin waves as he arrives at Villa La Grange for the U.S.-Russia summit with US President Joe Biden in Geneva, on June 16, 2021
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    • 10:51

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Arrives to Villa La Grange

    • 10:48

      Putin Touches Down in Geneva, Switzerland

    • 10:34

      Putin-Biden Extended Meeting Will Be Attended by Blinken, Nuland, Sullivan, Green - CNN

      Apart from US President Joe Biden, Putin will meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, National Security Council's Senior Director for Russia Eric Green and US Ambassador to Russia John J. Sullivan, according to CNN. 

    • 10:18

      Russian President Vladimir Putin Arrives in Geneva

      A view shows Mont-Blanc bridge decorated with flags of the USA and Russia ahead of the June 16 summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Geneva, Switzerland

      Putin-Biden Talks in Narrow Format End After Almost Two Hours

      The Russian and US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, are set to meet in Geneva on 16 June. The tête-à-tête is expected to last up to five hours.
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    • 10:15

      Russian Deligation Arrives to Villa La Grange, No Putin Yet

      Swiss President Guy Parmelin has arrived at the villa ahead of the Putin-Biden summit, the Kremlin pool of journalists reported.

    • 10:05

      Putin-Biden Summit Will Not Bring Any Breakthroughs, But It's an Achievement in Itself, Kremlin Spokesman Says

    • 09:49

      Putin is Expected to Arrive at Geneva for Biden Summit On Time, According to Kremlin

      People cross a bridge decorated with United States and Russian flags in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 15, 2021
      © AP Photo / Markus Schreiber
    • 09:49

      Kremlin: Putin-Biden Summit May Only Yield Unsigned Joint Documents

    • 09:46

      Kremlin: Russian Delegation is Going to Geneva With a 'Working Mood', Not to Fight

    • 09:44

      Moscow in Consensus on All Issues on the Putin-Biden Summit's Agenda, Russia's Deputy FM Says

    • 08:58

      Former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl Explains Why Geneva Was Picked For Biden-Putin Talks

      Karin Kneissl, Austria's former minister of foreign affairs, on the Putin-Biden summit:

      "The first meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden is taking place in Geneva. Villa La Grange on Lake Geneva has a certain 'genius loci', that is a spirit that can facilitate such a diplomatic exchange.

      In anticipation of the meeting between Putin and Biden, Vienna and Helsinki, where Putin met Trump in 2018, were also suggested as places to hold talks. Vienna and Geneva have always been in a certain competitive relationship, being the headquarters of the UN. The fact that this time the race was won by Geneva is explained, among other things, by the upset relations between Russia and the EU - the capital of an EU member state could hardly have been picked as an option. Neutral Switzerland is known for its long tradition of 'bons offices'. This includes the role of host, messenger and, if necessary, active mediator in diplomatic negotiations."

    • 08:52

      It's Time to 'Dismantle All the Rubble', Kremlin Spokesman Peskov Says

      Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told Russian media on Wednesday that the summit between the Russian and US presidents was an opportunity "to sort out, dismantle all the rubble".

      "Our diplomatic property, the inability of our employees to work, the lack of dialogue on such sensitive areas as the fight against terrorism, information security, and so on. All this needs to be resolved, all this needs to be discussed in order to restart these processes, if, of course, the political will is stated for that today," Peskov argued.

    • 08:51

      Putin Foreign Policy Adviser Yuri Ushakov: 'I Am Not Sure That Any Agreements Will Be Reached'

    • 08:31
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    • 08:20

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      Kremlin on Biden-Putin Summit: Calls to Contain Russia are Not Constructive

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    • 07:14

      Former US Ambassador to Russia Expects Return of Ambassadors After Summit

      Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said that he expects ambassadors of the two countries to return to their duties following the Wednesday summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Joe Biden.

      Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov and US ambassador John Sullivan arrived in their countries for consultations this spring. Both diplomats will be present at the summit in Geneva.

      Meanwhile, McFaul mentioned that he does not have high expectations from the summit in Geneva.

      "I do not expect anything, I am glad that the presidents will meet, and this is right. There are very few concrete cases, but it is necessary to start. I think that they will, first of all, agree to continue the historic conversation with the Soviet Union and Russia on nuclear weapons treaties. As a former ambassador, I hope that we will normalize the institution of representation of our states in Moscow and Washington. It's bad that Antonov is back home," McFaul told reporters, adding that hopefully "there will be a concrete result, because Antonov should be with us, and Sullivan should be with you."

      At the same time, the former US ambassador to Russia got surprised when he found out Antonov arrived in Geneva and said that he was aware only of Sullivan’s arrival.

    • 07:14

      Former US Ambassador to Russia Understands Absence of Joint Briefing Post Geneva Summit

      Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said that he understands why there will be no joint press conference after the Wednesday meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden, and mentioned that the briefing after Putin’s meeting with former US President Donald Trump did not serve Washington’s interests.

      Putin met with Trump in Helsinki in July 2018.

      "I know well the history of the Soviet- and Russian-American summits, when I served in the White House, we had meetings with and without press conferences. I can guess why they don't want a general press conference now. Because the latter in Helsinki was terrible for American national interests," McFaul told reporters when asked if the US’ refusal to hold joint briefing shows weakness.

      The former ambassador added that Biden is a very different man in comparison to Trump.

      "By the way, I was at the last meeting between Putin and Biden in 2011. I'm not worried how Biden will react. But this experience with Trump was pretty bitter," McFaul added.

      At the same time, the former ambassador rejected the assumption of journalists that this indicates uncertainty in the positions of the American side and mentioned that the oppositive is true as the Russian president does not answer questions that he is asked.

      "In an interview with NBC there was a question about interference in the American elections, he said that no evidence was presented. But excuse me, Mueller wrote thousands of pages, and the Senate wrote fifteen hundred. So when Putin says that Americans don't want to tell the truth, it's hard to have a productive dialogue," McFaul said.

      The ambassador also said Putin claims that the US has its problems with extremists and provided an example of US Capitol riots "and he compares these people" with Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny but they have nothing in common.

      McFaul said that such conversations are counterproductive so it is better to talk about work.

    • 06:17

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    • 05:34

      Ukrainian Ambassador to Be Received in Washington on Biden-Putin Meeting Day, White House Says

      US Acting Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker will receive Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington Oksana Markarova on Wednesday, according to the State Department's daily schedule.

      The meeting will be closed to the press, the topic of discussion is not named.

      The meeting will take place on the same day that US President Joe Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

    • 05:34

      Biden to Return to Washington Immediately After Meeting With Putin, White House Says

      US President Joe Biden will return to Washington from a European tour on Wednesday, immediately after meeting in Geneva with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Biden's daily schedule, shared by the White House.

      A pool of journalists is being convened to cover Biden's arrival in Washington, although the exact time of arrival is unknown.

      Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with Putin and two rounds of an expanded-format meeting in Geneva on June 16, according to the schedule.

    • 05:34

      Putin, Biden Face to Face in Geneva as World Watches Closely

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      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) Ekaterina Chukaeva - All eyes are on Geneva where Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will meet face-to-face for the first time in Biden’s presidency, as hopes are high that the two world leaders will reach common ground on a number of issues of global importance, and ease bilateral tensions.
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