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President Biden & Vladimir Putin’s Summit Wraps Up Early, Leaves White House Press In Dark

President Biden & Vladimir Putin’s Summit Wraps Up Early, Leaves White House Press In Dark

President Biden’s Summit meeting on Wednesday in Geneva with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has ended. The entire summit meeting lasted roughly 3hours, rather than the 4-5 hours predicted by the White House.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and President Biden shook hands and immediately began a summit that tested Biden’s decades of experience on the world stage.

President Biden’s high-stakes summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up earlier than anticipated leaving American reporters in the dark and initially dependent on Russia’s foreign ministry for information on the discussions.

The talks ended at 5:05 pm local time after an introductory sit down at 1:39 pm.

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One of the main topics of the meeting in Geneva is the future of the New Start treaty, which limits the United States and Russia to 1,550 deployed nuclear missiles each, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the flight from Brussels.

Press was not allowed in the room during the meetings between the two president. Russia’s foreign ministry tweeted a photo giving journalists a glimpse of US and Russian officials attending the second, larger meeting but what was discussed inside a set of two meetings was not immediately clear.

Putin began his press conference just before 6 p.m. local time. He said that one of the things agreed upon during the meeting was that each country’s ambassadors would return to their assignments, having been in their home countries for months. President Biden is expected to take questions after the Russian leader is done.

Biden’s inaugural trip abroad to three European countries has seen severe limits on press access.

 

 

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