Biden’s and Putin’s Meeting Lasted Less Than Four Hours

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

 

 

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