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Biden-Putin meeting starts in Geneva

Source : 112 Ukraine

Vladimir Putin was the first to arrive at La Grange villa
15:26, 16 June 2021

Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

The meeting of U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin has started in Geneva, Switzerland.

Putin arrived in Geneva at 13:25. Right after then, he went to the place of meeting with the American and Swiss leaders.

Vladimir Putin was the first to arrive at La Grange villa. The cortege of Biden arrived a few minutes after Putin. The leaders were welcomed by Swiss President Guy Parmelin.

“We are happy to facilitate your dialogue and mutual understanding. Respectable president, I wish you fruitful work and dialogue,” the president of Switzerland said.

The president made a group photo and went for talks in a closed format.

Related: Ukrainian ambassador to visit State Department on day of Biden-Putin summit

The summit will consist of three parts. Ukraine is expected to be one of the topics of talks between the American and Russian leaders. The U.S. delegation includes U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Kremlin notes that communication will be conditionally divided into three parts: in a narrow format (in the presence of Lavrov and Blinken), in an expanded format, and after a break for tea and coffee - the continuation of negotiations. In total, taking into account the breaks, the talks are due to last four to five hours.

After the talks, Biden and Putin will address separate statements – the sides decided to refuse the joint briefing.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky concerns that there will be no certain and clear decisions regarding Ukraine during the meeting of American and Russian leaders.

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