Biden-Putin summit in Geneva: first round of talks ended

GENEVA - At the summit between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva, the first round of talks in a smaller circle ended. The White House said on Wednesday that the conversation between the two presidents and their foreign ministers Antony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov plus translators had lasted 93 minutes. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, the minutes allowed 75 minutes for this format.

In a second round, Biden and Putin wanted to meet with a wider group of their delegations after a break. From the Russian side Lavrov, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, Chief of Staff Valeri Gerasimov and Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration, Dmitri Kosak, who is also responsible for the Ukraine conflict, should take part. Putin's special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, should also be there.

The US broadcaster CNN reported that on the US side, in addition to Biden and Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, top diplomat Victoria Nuland, Russia advisor Eric Green and the US Ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan, should take part in the second round of talks. According to the White House and the Kremlin, the talks on Wednesday were scheduled for a total of four to five hours. After that, Biden and Putin wanted to appear separately in front of journalists in Geneva.

The relationship between Moscow and Washington has been shattered for a long time. The summit with Putin is the first meeting of the two presidents since Biden took office at the beginning of the year. The US President had invited Putin to the summit in order to point out "red lines" in view of Moscow's policies, which are increasingly criticized in the West. However, the presidents of the two largest nuclear powers also want to talk about common interests.


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