Putin arrives in Geneva for historic summit with Biden

Putin arrives in Geneva for historic summit with Biden

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin arrived at Geneva on Wednesday, where today he will meet with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, at a summit marked by strong tensions between Moscow and Washington.

The Kremlin chief’s plane landed at 12.29 local time (10.29 GMT) at the Geneva airport in Cointrin, from where he and his entourage will head to the Villa La Grange, the headquarters of the Russian-American negotiations.

During the summit, proposed by Biden last April during a phone call with Putin, the two leaders will address virtually the entire spectrum of issues that concern both Moscow and Washington.

The agenda of the talks focuses on the current state and prospects of bilateral relations, strategic stability, information security issues and the fight against cybercrime.

They will also deal with issues related to economic cooperation, the climate, the Arctic and the fight against the coronavirus.

Putin and Biden will also assess the situation in the Middle East, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, the Korean peninsula, as well as the Iranian nuclear program. They will also pay attention to the conflicts in Nagorno Karabakh and Ukraine and the crisis in Belarus.

The US leader also wants to speak to Putin about human rights and the persecution of the Russian opposition, including the jailed Alexei Navalny.

Although neither in Moscow nor in Washington there are great expectations about the results of the Geneva summit, its mere celebration is considered a step forward given the state of Russian-American relations, which are at their worst since the end of the Cold War.

Melissa Galbraith
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