US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva, Switzerland, for a summit. They will see each other for the very first time since Biden took office in January 2021.
The summit is being held at the United States initiative and aims to strengthen ties with Russia. The two republics have been at odds for some time over various issues. Putin recently said Russia-US relations had hit rock bottom since Biden’s arrival.
Biden called his colleague a murderer earlier this year, referring to the prosecution of opponents of Putin. The Russian ambassador in Washington was then taken home. The US ambassador has also been recalled because of the increased tensions.
In addition to the possible return of the ambassadors, discussions in Geneva include the alleged cyber attacks by Russia, the exchange of prisoners, the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the corona pandemic.
In the run-up to the summit, expectations were tempered by both sides. Biden, for example, said he especially wanted to prevent relations with Russia from deteriorating further.