“This is Not About Trust,” Biden Says

by Jan Frazier

Geneva, Switzerland (Washington Insider Magazine) –  Both President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Wednesday’s summit meeting was “an amicable and constructive affair.” However, it was unfortunate that little progress seemed to have been made in the U.S.-Russia relationship, and there was a little progression of “trust between the two countries.”

By Wednesday evening, Biden and Putin felt that they had “gotten along fairly well during their hours of conversation with senior aides.” However, Biden confided that the future actions of Russia would be the only proof “whether Putin heard the message the American president came to Geneva to deliver.”

Biden was glad that he had had the opportunity to meet with Putin in person in Geneva so that he could communicate his desires. “I did what I came to do,” stated Biden.

Biden added, “This is not about trust. This is about self-interest and verification of self-interest.” To paraphrase his feelings, Biden said, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating. We’re going to know shortly.”

Putin claimed that he didn’t feel that there was “any kind of hostility in his dealings with Biden.” Putin added, “Many of our joint positions are divergent. But nevertheless, I think that both sides manifested a determination to try and understand each other and try and converge our positions. ” One area in which there was headway in their discussions was in the agreement that “the ambassadors of their respective countries should return to their diplomatic posts.” This would mean that they would continue in their daily functions whether it would happen “tomorrow, day after tomorrow or whatever.”

Putin seemed not to yield at all concerning the “imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.” Navalny was arrested when he returned to Russia after getting medical treatment in Germany for “poisoning with a nerve agent.” Putin could not promise that Navalny would leave prison alive.

Also, during the news conference, Putin showed his dislike “against violence perpetrated by the U.S.” He referenced the American streets where “every single day there are shootings and killings.”

Putin was then “pressed on his own efforts to quash dissent in Russia, including alleged assassinations of political opponents,” but Putin only brought up the January 6 insurrection.

It was thought that the summit meeting with Putin would last four or five hours. However, after an hour and a half, the initial session between Putin, Biden, and top diplomats ended.

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