Biden seeks 'mutual interests' & 'rational way' with Putin

WION Web Team
Geneva Published: Jun 16, 2021, 08:23 PM(IST)

US President Joe Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva Photograph:( AFP )

Story highlights

Russian President Putin arrived directly for the meeting amid tight security as his motorcade made its way through the Swiss city. The US President Biden had arrived a day earlier for the summit.

US President met Russian President Vladimir Putin as the two world leaders sat down to hold lengthy discussions on a range of issues on Wednesday at the picturesque villa in Geneva.

Watch:

Biden set the tone of the meeting, saying: "We try to determine where we have mutual interests and cooperate and where we don't, establish a predictable and rational way in which we disagree."

Biden-Putin summit updates

Both leaders looked ready and relaxed to discuss matters as the summit began with Putin asserting that issues needed to be discussed while hoping for a "productive" meeting.

"I know that you have been on a long trip and had a lot of work, still the US-Russian relations have a lot of issues accumulated that require meetings at the highest level," Putin told Biden as both leaders shook hands to start the meeting.

Biden-Putin

Putin arrived directly for the meeting amid tight security as his motorcade made its way through the Swiss city. The US president had arrived a day earlier for the summit.

"I'm not looking for conflict," Biden had said earlier, while adding,"we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities".

Read in App