‘I did what I came to do’: Biden expresses satisfaction with Putin summit in solo presser, says no threats or ultimatums have been made

US President Joe Biden held a solo press convention after the summit together with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva, on Wednesday, praising the worth of private interplay however giving few particulars about what was achieved.

As has grow to be customary, Biden took questions from a pre-arranged checklist of reporters, solely going off-script towards the tip. He described the assembly as “pretty straightforward” and repeatedly referred to the worth of a face-to-face, private relationship in international coverage.

“I did what I came to do,” Biden instructed reporters, explaining that he recognized areas the place the 2 nations would possibly do “practical work” collectively, instructed Putin that the US will “respond” to actions that threaten its pursuits or these of its allies, and clearly laid out US “priorities and values.” 

Folks look, that is about, that is about how we move from right here. This is about… sensible, simple no-nonsense choices that we’ve got to make or not make.

He initially mentioned the assembly had lasted 4 hours, however later mentioned they ran out of issues to debate after solely two, inflicting some confusion among the many press. In whole, the summit wrapped in below three hours; after the preliminary 90-minute assembly with solely the highest diplomats and translators in attendance, extra aides have been referred to as in. 

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The two presidents “discussed in detail” the following steps in arms management, and Biden mentioned they agreed to launch “a bilateral strategic stability dialogue” on the army and diplomatic stage. They additionally raised the subject of cybersecurity, with Biden giving Putin “a list of 16 specific entities” of vital infrastructure that the US thinks must be off-limits to hackers.

The Arctic, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear program additionally got here up, Biden mentioned.

Asked about elevating the difficulty of Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny or Americans jailed in Russia, Biden mentioned that because the US president, he has to lift the difficulty of human rights, as a result of that’s “about who we are,” and described the US as “uniquely a product of an idea,” in contrast to Russia.

No threats or ultimatums have been made within the assembly, Biden mentioned.

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The US president had declined to participate in a joint press convention together with his Russian colleague, however mentioned he watched Putin take reporters’ questions earlier within the day. While Putin took questions from many US shops, no Russian media have been invited to Biden’s convention. The solely Russian reporter who received to ask a query was from the US government-funded channel Current Time, managed by the state-run RFE/RL, whose query Biden answered by speaking a few “brief shining moment” within the 1990s when Russia may have chosen to grow to be a US-style democracy.

He uncared for to say that the nation’s economic system successfully collapsed, on the time time, leaving tens of tens of millions destitute, and the state barely in a position to perform. 

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