Biden-Putin meeting: Here's what happened in Geneva

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

June 16, the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, and the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, met in the historic Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland
10:44, 17 June 2021

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The summit consisted of two parts: negotiations in a narrow format - with the participation of the heads of the foreign affairs agencies Sergey Lavrov and Anthony Blinken, and an extended one, when five more high-ranking officials from each side joined the interlocutors.

In total, the meeting lasted almost four hours. As a result, as expected, Biden and Putin gave separate press conferences.

The negotiations, according to the President of the Russian Federation, went "well". Strategic stability, trade relations, regional security and cybersecurity were discussed.

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"Russia and the United States are determined to seek solutions to problems," Putin said.

He called Biden a balanced and constructive conversationalist.

“We did not feel any pressure. The conversation was direct, open, without any diplomatic deviations from the set topics. The meeting was generally productive, substantive, concrete,” the Russian president added.

The issue of the Minsk agreements was raised, and the topic of Ukraine's entry into NATO was touched upon in a “smear” manner.

"The settlement in Ukraine should be based on the Minsk agreements, Biden agrees with this ... The topic of Ukraine's accession to NATO was touched upon with a smear," the Russian president said.

He said that the Russian Federation has only one obligation on Ukraine - to promote the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Putin recalled that the Ukrainian delegation in November last year made three proposals: to return Ukrainian troops to Donbas, close the border, and hold elections in uncontrolled territories in 3 months.

"They all contradict the Minsk agreements... What obligations can Russia take here? I think the answer is clear," the Russian president said.

Related: Biden after meeting with Putin: We agreed to pursue diplomacy related to the Minsk agreement

Putin admitted that Biden did not invite him to visit the United States, because "conditions must be ripe for this." According to the Russian president, he also did not offer the US leader to visit Russia.

"Biden did not invite me to visit, I also have not invited him yet, conditions for such visits should be ripe," Putin said.

Agreements were reached on the return of ambassadors. As noted by Putin, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov will return to Washington by the end of June.

We will remind, the Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov was recalled from Washington in March after Biden called Putin a murderer. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow in April after Russia invited him to return to Washington for consultations.

The parties allowed an exchange of convicts. According to Putin's statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US State Department will "work" in this direction.

Related: Biden shows Putin list of infrastructure entities “closed” for cyber-attacks

"Biden and I talked about the exchange of convicts, compromises can be found there," the Russian leader said.

Biden went to press shortly after Putin. 

Biden announced full support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine from the United States.

Joe Biden/Twitter

"I conveyed (to Vladimir Putin - ed.) The unbreakable commitment of the United States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," Biden said. He also expressed his commitment to the Minsk agreements.

“We agreed to continue diplomatic efforts related to the Minsk agreements,” Biden said, further mentioning the issue of Belarus.

Related: Putin sums up results of his first summit with Biden

“I expressed our concern about Belarus. He (Putin, - ed.) Did not argue about what happened. He only said that there are different opinions about what to do about it,” Biden summed up.

The topic of cyber attacks was discussed. Biden said that he gave Putin a list of infrastructure facilities that should not be the target of cyberattacks. We are talking about 16 specific organizations.

"He knows about this (about the US cyber potential and the ability to react - ed.). If the Russians really violate the basic rules, we will answer," the US President said.

At the same time, Biden added that he did not threaten Putin with a military response to the cyberattacks.

Biden thinks that Putin does not want a cold war.

Related: I don't think there is anything to discuss: Putin comments on Ukraine joining NATO

"I do not think that he (the President of the Russian Federation, - ed.) is looking for a Cold War with the United States. I told him that your generation and my generation are only 10 years different. This does not mean that we should hug and kiss. But it does mean that there is a lot in common. He understands that the Cold War is not needed," the US leader said.

The American agenda for the summit is not directed against Russia. Biden said this to Putin. According to the President of the United States, he will fulfill what he came to the meeting for.

"Now we have a clear basis with Russia for working and building relations," Biden said, adding that the United States and Russia still have a lot of work to do to develop relations.

Related: Biden on Geneva Summit: I told Putin our agenda is not against Russia

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