President Joe Biden holds a high-stakes summit with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday at what the leaders agree is a "low point" in the U.S.-Russia relationship.
The two men will face off inside an 18th-century Swiss villa in Geneva, situated alongside a lake in the middle of the Parc de la Grange. The fifth American president to sit down with Putin, Biden has spoken with him and met him before, in 2016.MORE: What Putin wants when he meets Biden this week
Having called Putin a "killer" and saying he's told him before he has no "soul," Biden told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega on Monday that he also recalled the Russian leader as being "bright" and "tough."
Biden, unlike predecessors, has maintained Putin skepticism
BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden frequently talks about what he sees as central in executing effective foreign policy: building personal relationships. But unlike his four most recent White House predecessors, who made an effort to build a measure of rapport with Vladimir Putin, Biden has made clear that the virtue of fusing a personal connection might have its limits when it comes to the Russian leader. The president, who is set to meet with Putin face-to-face on Wednesday in Geneva, has repeated an anecdote about his last meeting with Putin, 10 years ago when he was vice president and Putin was serving as prime minister.
Biden has given little indication of what he will bring up with Putin tomorrow in Geneva, telling reporters yesterday, “ I ’ve been doing this a long time. The last thing anyone would do is negotiate in front of the world press as to how he’s going to approach a critical meeting with another adversary and/or
Reports indicate that Biden has been preparing extensively for the summit , which will mark his first in-person meeting with Putin since taking office in January. The president’s advisers have also indicated that he sought input from other major foreign leaders about how he should approach the meeting, as
Joe Biden travelled to Brussels riding the wave of his “America is back” mantra. Far from rebuilding the US-NATO relationship, he used NATO as a prop to help set the stage for his upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin .
Joe Biden is a veteran American politician who was part of the establishment which squandered the inheritance of wealth, prestige and power America had accumulated in the aftermath of the Second World War. He is the living embodiment of American political hubris, where words speak louder than results.
"And I have found that he is a -- as they say, when you used to play ball -- a worthy adversary," he said.
June 15, 2021
Biden's 'watch me' comment raises stakes ahead of Putin summit: The Note
Amid all the high-level shadow boxing setting up President Joe Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden has added a new wrinkle -- one that amounts to a test for himself that awaits him back home.
Biden has cast this moment in the world community in broad terms for the United States -- a chance to assert the power of democratic nations in the face of challenges from China and Russia in particular. Asked Monday what he is telling allies who may be worried about any American slide toward autocracy, Biden again went big.
Putin talks hacking, Navalny and Capitol riot in NBC interview ahead of Biden summit
In an exclusive interview, Putin again denied that Russian hackers or the government itself were behind cyberattacks in the U.S. were "farcical," and he challenged NBC News, and by implication the U.S. government, to produce proof that Russians were involved."We have been accused of all kinds of things," Putin said. "Election interference, cyberattacks and so on and so forth. And not once, not once, not one time, did they bother to produce any kind of evidence or proof. Just unfounded accusations.
President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday ahead of lengthy and contentious talks with Vladimir Putin , the capstone on a European tour designed to show western solidarity ahead of the momentous summit .
" I ' m going to make clear to President Putin that there are areas where we can cooperate if he chooses. And if he chooses not to cooperate and acts in a way that he has in the past relative to cybersecurity and some other activities, then we will respond," he said . Summit begins to take shape.
Biden , who called former KGB operative Putin a killer in March, has cast Russia as engaging in unacceptable behaviour on a range of fronts. He has also talked about Russia's "dilemmas" - its post-Soviet economic collapse, what he called overreach in Syria and problems with COVID-19. In phone call in April, Biden proposed a summit with Putin to tackle their disputes. Russia-U.S. ties slumped to a post-Cold War low following Russia's annexation of Ukraine in 2014. Washington also accused Moscow of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, imposing sanctions on Russian companies and
"What I'm saying to them is, watch me," Biden said. "That's why it's so important that I succeed in my agenda." © Patrick Semansky/AP President Joe Biden walks out to speak to the press at the NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, June 14, 2021.
Biden was nonchalant in his condemnation of what he called the "phony populism" of former President Donald Trump. Speaking about Republicans, he flatly observed that "the Trump wing of the party is the bulk of the party, but it makes up a significant minority of the American people."
Still, just hours earlier, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell served notice that his brand of hardball is still going to be played, with a warning about what Republican Senate control would mean for any Supreme Court vacancy under a Democratic presidency.
McConnell is objecting to congressional scrutiny of Trump-era Justice Department strategies, just like he did to the proposed Jan. 6 commission. And it's still far from clear whether any infrastructure or climate-change legislation can pass with Republican support, to say nothing of the prospects for tax reform.
With US-Russia relations at low point, Biden, Putin each bring a wariness to Geneva summit
When Joe Biden meets Vladimir Putin in Geneva the West's favorite geopolitical bogeyman is not likely to get the easy pass he got from Donald TrumpThree years ago this July, former President Donald Trump stood side by side with the Russian autocrat at a press conference in Finland's capital and blithely dismissed assessments from his own intelligence agencies, defense officials and American lawmakers about Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
MORE: Biden's 'watch me' comment raises stakes ahead of Putin summit: The Note
Biden touched down in the UK on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday and the start of the G7 summit on Friday. His schedule in the coming days is a busy one. From the G7 in Cornwall, Biden will travel to Brussels for a NATO summit and then to Switzerland in a week’s time to
“But I have been clear [that] the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities,” Biden added. “ I ’ m going to communicate [that] there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies, in the United States and
Biden 's summit with Putin in Switzerland, chosen for its history of political neutrality, will not be the first time the two have met. But it will be their first meeting since Biden became U.S. president, the so-called leader of the free world. The Biden - Putin summit is expected to strike a sharply different tone than
At NATO's headquarters, Biden told reporters that he consulted with other world leaders in the days ahead of his meeting with Putin. "Every world leader here, most of them mentioned it and thanked me for meeting with Putin," Biden said Monday. " I had discussions with them about what they thought
Asked about Putin's laughing response to Biden's assertion that he is a killer, Biden said his message back would be that he is laughing as well. The world now is watching -- and will still be when Biden and Putin are both back home.
-ABC News Political Director Rick Klein
June 15, 2021
Biden thanks Swiss for holding US-Russia summit
Biden met with Swiss President Guy Parmelin and Foreign Minister Ignzio Cassis Tuesday and, according to a White House readout, Biden thanked the country for hosting the U.S. -Russia summit and "expressed appreciation for Switzerland's unique historical role providing a neutral ground for diplomacy and negotiations." © Alessandro della Valle/Pool/Reuters Swiss Federal President Guy Parmelin shakes hands with President Joe Biden during a bilateral meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 15, 2021.
Biden and the leaders also talked about the strong relationships between the U.S. and Switzerland on many fronts. They also discussed Switzerland's role as the U.S. protecting power in Iran for 40 years and their contributions to the global COVID response effort.
Biden to confront Putin in tense Geneva summit
President Joe Biden will draw "red lines" for President Vladimir Putin at a tense Geneva summit on Wednesday, where ghosts of the Cold War will hover over modern-day US concerns that Russia has become a rogue, authoritarian state. © Jim WATSON President Joe Biden says he wants to draw 'red lines' for Russia during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin © Gal ROMA Key issues on the agenda in the Biden-Putin summit The setting -- a sumptuous villa overlooking Lake Geneva -- may be picturesque, but a gruelling diplomatic face-off awaits.
-ABC News' Molly Nagle
June 15, 2021
Biden says he has the full support of NATO allies to meet with Putin
The high-stakes meeting between Biden and Putin comes on the heels of a summit with NATO leaders in Belgium's capital, another first for Biden as U.S. president.
As NATO allies wrapped up talks, Biden said Sunday that he has the full support of NATO partners to meet with the Russian president. © Kevin Lamarque/Reuters President Joe Biden and other NATO heads of the states and governments pose for a family photo during the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, June 14, 2021.
"What I'll convey to President Putin is that I'm not looking for conflict with Russia but that we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities," Biden said at a press conference in Brussels. "And we will not fail to defend the trans-Atlantic alliance or stand up for democratic values."
Biden said not a single NATO leader expressed reservations about him meeting with Putin but rather have "thanked" him for doing it.
"I had discussions with them about -- in the open -- about what they thought was important from their perspective and what they thought was not important," he said. © Pool/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden takes off his face mask he meets with NATO Secretary General during a NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021.
June 15, 2021
Here's what we know about who will be inside the the summit meetings
Biden and Putin's meeting is slated to begin on Wednesday around 7 a.m. ET and last four to five hours total, with multiple sessions.
Images of Biden's meeting with Putin show a cool but cordial dynamic as the president seeks a reset after Trump
Trump's behavior toward Putin repeatedly sparked criticism in Washington and fueled suspicions about the president's loyalties.Biden's approach to relations with Putin has marked a significant shift in the US stance toward Russia in comparison to the past four years under former President Donald Trump.
The two leaders will first take part in a small session, joined by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, before taking part in a larger working session.
The two leaders are also expected to host dueling, solo press conferences following the summit. © Alexander Natruskin/Reuters, FILE Then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shakes hands with then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow, on March 10, 2011.
Biden said they weren't holding a joint news conference, as Trump did with Putin, because he didn't want the focus to be on talking time or body language. Doing it this way leaves Putin with less of an opportunity to embarrass the American president, as he's historically tried to do.
"I think the best way to deal with this is for he and I to meet, he and I to have our discussion," Biden said Sunday in England, on another leg of his first trip as president. "I don't want to get into being diverted by, did they shake hands, who talked the most and the rest."
June 15, 2021
How is Biden prepping for his meeting with Putin?
While he is no stranger to Putin, Biden has been intensely prepping for the meeting, receiving at least once-a-day briefings for weeks leading up to the summit.
"He's been preparing for this like he prepares for every significant international engagement. He reviews the issues -- written material; he cares about digging into the details. That very much matters to him," a senior administration official said Tuesday.
The White House has also called on experts to help Biden prep for the meeting -- including Fiona Hill, a top Russia expert and National Security and former Trump administration official who famously said she considered faking a medical emergency to end Trump’s press conference with Putin in 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.
Biden-Putin summit: Key takeaways from their high-stakes meeting
Here are key takeaways from the high-stakes summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both men called their meeting positive, but while Biden said he raised serious concerns and warned of consequences, he did not claim he got Putin to commit to changing his behavior and the Russian leader accepted no responsibility for cyberattacks on the U.S. or for anything else.
© Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images, FILE Fiona Hill, former top Russia advisor to the White House, provides testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump in Washington, DC, Nov. 21, 2019.
Wednesday's meeting is slated to last four to five hours total, with multiple sessions.
-ABC News' Molly Nagle
June 15, 2021
Biden says he's 'always ready’ ahead of Putin meeting
Biden arrived in Geneva earlier Tuesday less than 24 hours ahead of his meeting with Putin, scheduled for Wednesday around 7 a.m. ET and expected to last several hours.
Looking to project confidence ahead of the high-stakes summit, Biden didn’t miss a beat during a photo op Tuesday with Swiss President Guy Parmelin.
"Mr. President, are you ready for tomorrow?" a reporter asked.
"I’m always ready," Biden replied. © Patrick Semansky/AP President Joe Biden meets with Swiss President Guy Parmelin during a bilateral meeting in Geneva, June 15, 2021.
The meeting with the Swiss president was Biden's final public event for the day.
When the president arrived earlier in Geneva, he was met with a long line of greeters, many dressed in colorful outfits, as he stepped off Air Force One. © Denis Balibouse/Pool via Reuters President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One at Cointrin airport as he arrives ahead of a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva, June 15, 2021.
The White House said Biden will hold a solo press conference after meeting with Putin, where he will give his takeaways. Putin plans to do the same.