U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday shook hands while going for their first summit since Biden took office. They said that they hope their talks can lead to more stable and predictable relations.
As known, they are odd over everything from arms control and cyber-hacking to election interference and Ukraine. “Mr. President, I’d like to thank you for your initiative to meet today,” Putin said, sitting next to Biden, adding: “U.S. and Russian relations have a lot of issues accumulated that require the highest level meeting.”
However, Biden said they would try to infer alliance and mutual interest. “We’re not expecting a big set of deliverables out of this meeting,” a senior U.S. official told reporters, saying the leaders were expected to talk for four or five hours.