PoolAs the meeting got underway, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin were joined by their top diplomats, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, with the traveling press pool in attendance.
Putin thanked his US counterpart for “the initiative to meet” as the pair sat down ahead of their summit in Geneva on Wednesday.
I know you’ve been on a long journey and have a lot of work,” Putin said.
“Still the US and Russia and US relations have a lot of issues accumulated that require the highest level meeting and I hope that our meeting will be productive,” he added.
Biden smiled once as Putin spoke, but the leaders were largely stone-faced. The two exchanged rare eye contact, but Putin largely looked down and was slouched in his chair.
A momentous US-Russia summit begins with an awkward photo opp as Biden enters talks with a strong NATO backing and major issues to discuss with Putin
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