OnPolitics: When Biden met Putin

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President Joe Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the 'Villa la Grange', in Geneva, Switzerland.
President Joe Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the 'Villa la Grange', in Geneva, Switzerland.

It finally happened: President Joe Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for at a one-day summit in Geneva Wednesday.

Biden spent the days leading up to the summit meeting with dozens of foreign leaders seeking to restore diplomatic ties unwound by his predecessor.

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A meeting with low expectations

Biden struck a firm but mostly conciliatory tone Wednesday as he described talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Geneva.

"The bottom line is I told President Putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by," Biden told reporters after his meeting with Russia's leader in Switzerland.

What did they talk about? The two men called the meeting, their first since Biden took office, to discuss a range of issues that have plagued U.S.-Russia relations for months, if not years: cyberattacks, Moscow's increasingly brazen crack down on democracy supporters, and Russia's threat to the NATO military alliance that has long been a bedrock of the U.S.'s security relationship with European allies.

What else? Putin told reporters the two nations agreed to return their ambassadors to their posts in Washington and Moscow. Putin also said he and Biden reached an agreement that the two countries would start negotiations on changes the New Start arms control treaty, the last remaining nuclear arms deal between Moscow and Washington.

What next? The White House tried to downplay expectations for the summit before arriving in Geneva, insisting that it didn’t expect any significant results to come out of the meeting. None did. Read more from USA TODAY's Michael Collins on takeaways from the summit.

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