Biden-Putin meeting – live: Presidents to discuss nuclear weapons at Geneva summit


Biden-Putin meeting – live: Presidents to discuss nuclear weapons at Geneva summit

Biden-Putin meeting – live: Presidents to discuss nuclear weapons at Geneva summit

Related video: Biden calls Putin ‘worthy adversary’

US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin will sit down for a highly anticipated summit in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday – a moment of high-stakes diplomacy as US-Russian relations remain at an all-time low.

Nuclear stability, climate change, cybersecurity and US and Russian nationals in prison in each other’s countries are on the agenda, with both sides playing down expectations about how much is likely to be agreed.

Mr Biden has previously called Mr Putin a “killer” and condemned cyberattacks by Russian-based hackers. But in the run up to the summit, he described his Russian counterpart as “a worthy adversary”.

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Watch Biden meeting Putin live

We’re expecting the bid summit to begin very soon. You can watch the preliminaries, as Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin finally meet in Geneva, live here:

Watch live as Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva

Adam Forrest16 June 2021 10:57

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Five-hour summit – with no breaks for meals

Arrangements for today’s meeting in Geneva have been carefully choreographed by both sides. It’s set to begin at 11am and go on for up to five hours – without any breaks for meals.

Putin and his entourage will arrive first at the summit site: Villa La Grange, a grand lakeside mansion. Next come Biden and his team. Swiss President Guy Parmelin will greet the two leaders. The three will spend a moment together in front of the cameras, but only Parmelin is set to make remarks.

Biden and Putin first will hold a relatively intimate meeting – joined by US secretary of state Antony Blinken and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. The meeting will then expand to include five senior aides on each side.

After the meeting concludes, Putin is scheduled to hold a solo news conference, with Biden to follow suit.

Adam Forrest16 June 2021 10:25

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Pro-Navalny protests in Geneva

A few dozen supporters of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny have staged a rally in Geneva in the hope of sending a message to Vladimir Putin ahead of his summit with Joe Biden.

The eve-of-summit rally was held on a square that Swiss police have authorised for protests during Wednesday’s meeting. But a pro-Navalny banner was also hung across river from Russian delegation.

The Russian side has said that the imprisonment of Navalny is one area where Putin won’t engage Biden. But a senior Biden administration official said there “is no issue that is off the table for the president” – suggesting Navalny will come up.

Adam Forrest16 June 2021 10:04

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Biden and Putin to discuss possible prisoner exchange

The fate of US and Russian nationals who are in prison in each other’s countries will be on today’s agenda.

Both sides have separately opened the door to a possible exchange of prisoners – two former US Marines held in Russia for Russians in US prisons.

Vladimir Putin told NBC News last week he was open to a prisoner swap. And Joe Biden has made clear he will raise the fate of jailed US citizens today.

But Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan has said the US was not considering a swap including any Russian cyber-hackers.

The family of Trevor Reed, a former US Marine who was sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia, backed the idea of a prisoner exchange. “We’re fine with that. We want our son home.”

Vladimir Putin is open to exchange

(AP)

Adam Forrest16 June 2021 09:38

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What do Biden and Putin want from summit?

Moscow and Washington have shown a shared interest in restarting talks on strategic stability to work out a follow-up deal to the New START – the last remaining US-Russian arms control pact that was extended for five years in January. Both sides have opened the door to a possible exchange of prisoners.

Biden and his aides have made clear that he will not follow in the footsteps of his recent predecessors by aiming to radically alter the US’ ties to Russia. Instead, the White House is looking for a more modest though still vitally important goal: to move toward a more predictable relationship and attempt to rein in Russia’s disruptive behaviour.

The Russian leader isn’t counting on a rollback of the crippling US and EU sanctions that have restricted Moscow’s access to global financial markets. Putin’s task is modest: to spell out Russia’s top security concerns and try to restore basic channels of communication. The main red line for Moscow is Ukraine’s aspirations to join Nato.

Adam Forrest16 June 2021 09:21

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Biden hopes for closer co-operation with ‘worthy adversary’

Expectations for the summit may be low, but the tone has changed already. Joe Biden has been much more complementary about Vladimir Putin in recent days.

Biden had previously called Putin a “killer” with “no soul”. But in the run up to the sit-down, the US president told reporters: “He’s bright. He’s tough. And I have found that he is, as they say, a worthy adversary.”

He added: “We should decide where it’s in our mutual interest, in the interest of the world, to cooperate, and see if we can do that. And the areas where we don’t agree, make it clear what the red lines are.”

Adam Forrest16 June 2021 08:48

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US ‘not expecting big set of deliverables’ with Russia

Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin face off on Wednesday with wide disagreements likely, and expectations low for any breakthroughs.

Both have said they hope their talks in a stately lakeside Geneva villa can lead to more stable and predictable relations.

“We’re not expecting a big set of deliverables out of this meeting,” a senior US official told reporters aboard Air Force One as Biden flew to Geneva.

The two leaders are expected to talk for four or five hours starting at around 11am GMT.

Joe Biden arrives in Geneva

(Reuters)

Adam Forrest16 June 2021 08:46

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Russia ‘unsure any agreement will be reached’

A meeting between US president Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday is unlikely to yield concrete deals but the talks will still be useful, a Kremlin aide said.

Nuclear stability, climate change, cybersecurity and the fate of US and Russian nationals who are in prison in each other’s countries would be on the agenda, the Kremlin aide said.

“I’m not sure that any agreements will be reached. I look at this meeting with practical optimism,” Ushakov told reporters.

The leaders have separately opened the door to a possible exchange of prisoners – two former US Marines held in Russia for Russians in US prisons.

Biden meets Putin in 2011

(AP2011)

Adam Forrest16 June 2021 08:44


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