Russian President Vladimir Putin has come to Geneva. The Russian leader will meet US President Joe Biden, who has already arrived in Switzerland on Tuesday.
The meeting of the leaders of both countries will start around 1pm in the Villa La Grange on Lake Geneva. Separate press conferences of the presidents are planned after two sessions of talks, also with the enlarged composition. Vladimir Putin will perform first.
Extraordinary security measures have been put in place in the neighborhoods of Geneva around the summit site and along the routes. About three thousand policemen and soldiers were deployed in the streets. The meeting place was surrounded by steel barriers and barbed wire.
The dominant belief is that there will be no major breakthrough after months of tense relationships. Biden, who knows Putin personally from his time as US vice president, is now faced with a new task. Like his predecessors in the White House, he also hopes to change Russia’s position and the conduct of its leader. The US president will enter into talks with Putin having, he said, the full support of his G7 and NATO partners with whom he previously met, which gives him a stronger starting position.
The heads of diplomacy of the US and Russia, Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov, will take part in the talks in the enlarged group.
Previous talks between US and Russian leaders took place almost three years ago, with the then US President Donald Trump and Putin. Biden and Putin have known each other personally from the time when the current host of the White House was the vice president of the United States.
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