Joe Biden Meets Russian President Vladimir Putin

A meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Putin got off to a frosty start as Putin told Biden, in front of a chaotic press pool jostling to put questions to the leaders, that their two countries had a lot of issues that required talks at the highest level.

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During a historic summit hosted at a villa in Geneva, Switzerland, American President Joe Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to discuss the various issues that have strained relations between both nations.

The meeting was highly anticipated by much of the world as both nations are among those that wield a huge amount of geopolitical influence in global events

President Joe Biden said he had raised issues of human rights and cyber attacks during a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that provided an early and critical test of his diplomatic skills in the highest-stakes talks of his long career according to reports by CNN:

I told President Putin my agenda is not against Russia or anyone else, it's for the American people, I made it clear to President Putin that we'll continue to raise issues of fundamental human rights because that's who we are.

Biden and Putin described the three-hour-long summit as generally positive but without any major breakthroughs. 

Both leaders also emerged from the dialogue with short statements following the face-to-face meeting, agreeing to start a dialogue on nuclear arms control.

Biden suggested the face-to-face was compulsory in a time of deeply strained ties between the United States and Russia. 

For his part, Putin called the dialogue "constructive" and said he had come away with a generally positive impression of the American leader.

He's a balanced and professional man, and it's clear that he's very experienced. It seems to me that we did speak the same language.

According to CNN some of the outcomes from the dialogue include, an agreement to return each country's ambassador to their post and to assigning experts to focus on the growing problem of cyberattacks.

U.S ambassador to Russia John Sullivan is likely to return to Moscow next, a senior official told CNN.

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