Biden and Putin Go to Second Phase of Meeting

by Jan Frazier

Geneva, Switzerland (Washington Insider Magazine) – On Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin entered phrase two of their meeting. From the beginning this meeting has been highly anticipated.

At the Wednesday meeting, President Biden and President Putin dove into “discussions on cyberattacks, human rights, election interference, and other pressing issues with a broader group of top officials from Washington and Moscow.”

There was an initial session between Biden and Putin – plus Putin’s top diplomats – and it lasted about an hour and a half. The two meetings together will probably last approximately four to five hours. There should then be news conferences with both Biden and Putin.

The Swiss President – Guy Parmelin – welcomed both Biden and Putin to “the city of peace.” Parmelin commented, “I wish you both a fruitful meeting in the interest of your two countries and the world.” Biden and Putin seemed to exchange pleasantries as they entered “the massive estate situated on the banks of Lake Geneva.”

Soon, Biden and Putin took seats next to the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. This meeting took place in a huge library that was located inside of the villa. Positioned between the two leaders was a globe, and there were American and Russian flags on each side.

There were numerous journalists assembled. Putin thanked Biden “for the initiative of meet today,” with hopes that their summit would be successful.” Biden responded, “As I said outside, I think it’s always better to meet face-to-face.”

The four men had translators accompanying them. The massive group of journalists soon became chaotic. It appeared that Russian security was shoving the American media, and White House “officials screamed at Putin’s forces for their treatment of the journalists.” One of the members of the state-owned Russian media – RIA Novosti – “blamed the scuffle on its U.S. counterparts, falsely reporting that American journalists staged a stampede.”

Biden, Putin, Blinken, and Lavrov met for a short time, and then Biden and Putin were to be joined by four more aides for a second session. 

The aides to Biden have said that Biden “plans to press Putin directly on a recent spate of cyberattacks, human right abuses, and a buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border.” The aides add that Biden also wants to talk about common-ground topics, such as climate change as well as nuclear arms. 

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