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Biden holds press conference

Source : 112 Ukraine

Putin held his own solo news conference moments ago
20:25, 16 June 2021

Biden holds press conference
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U.S. President Joe Biden holds a news conference after wrapping talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier today in Geneva.

Putin held his own solo news conference before, where he said that U.S. and Russian ambassadors will return to their diplomatic posts and that both countries will begin consultations on cybersecurity. He described the summit as "constructive" and "productive" on the whole.

The official meetings between both leaders today were broken into two rounds, one a smaller session and the second with larger delegations. The total run time came in shorter than the four to five hours officials initially predicted for the summit.

In his turn, Biden said he told Putin his agenda is "not against Russia" but "for the American people."

Biden also told Putin that he will continue to raise concerns about human rights violations.

"It's not about just going after Russia when they violate human rights, it's about who we are," Biden said.

Biden said he "made it clear" to Putin that he will continue to speak out against cases where there are human rights violations concerns.

"I pointed out to him, that's why we are going to raise our concerns about cases, like Alexei Navalny. I made it clear to President Putin, and will continue to raise issues of fundamental human rights, because that's what we are. That's who we are," he said.

 

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