GENEVA (June 16, 2021)–President Joe Biden and Russian President Valdamir Putin’s meeting was scheduled to last 4 hours–but abruptly ended before Noon.
The Russian government wrote on Twitter “Russian-American consultations began with a restricted-format meeting that included Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.”
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President,
I would like to thank you for your initiative to meet today.
I know that you have had a long trip, and a lot of work. Nevertheless, there is a backlog of issues in Russian-US relations that require discussion at the highest level, and I hope our meeting will be productive.
President of the United States of America Joseph Biden:Thank you.
As I said outside, I think it’s always better to meet face to face. We will try to determine where we have mutual interests and we can cooperate. And where we don’t, establish a predictable and rational way in which we disagree. Two great powers.
The White House has not released a statement regarding why the meeting ended in less than 4-5 hours as predicted–or what was discussed during the short meeting between the two leaders.
Biden and Putin are expected to hold separate Press Conferences.
Photo: Russian Government