Biden-Putin summit live: leaders arrive at Geneva venue for hours of tense talks

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The two leaders didn’t say much in front of the press, but Putin told Biden upon first meeting him “Mr President, I’d like to thank you for your initiative to meet today,” as he knew the US president “had a long trip and lots of work.”

But the Russian president emphasized that there are “lots of questions accumulated in Russia-US relations that require discussion on the highest level.”

Biden said the two leaders would try to determine areas of cooperation and mutual interest. “It is always better to meet face to face.”

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