The summit was rigorously choreographed by the US aspect to make sure no mishaps or moments that may present the 2 leaders being overly pleasant, like there have been through the Trump–Putin summit, and to not enable Putin to set the tone and tempo of occasions. For instance, the US requested that Putin, whose energy transfer is to indicate up late to such occasions to ice his adversaries, arrive first to the assembly. Additionally they eschewed a joint press conference.
Putin had initially appeared awkward and even irritated at instances through the first minutes of the summit, turning his eyes towards the bottom and away from Biden, tapping the arm of his chair throughout a photograph op, and digging his tongue into his cheek. However make no mistake: The Russian president knew he was middle stage, within the geopolitical limelight, regardless of having been solid out of the Group of Seven Nations and made a pariah after a collection of cyberattacks, election interference, and navy invasions of neighboring Ukraine, simply to call a couple of of Moscow’s aggressive actions lately.
After a little bit greater than three hours — not less than an hour shorter than deliberate — of closed-door talks, Putin appeared first in entrance of reporters for his solo press convention. Shedding the pouty look he had worn earlier within the day, the Russian chief appeared happy with himself and even appeared to relish the media consideration.
Talking concerning the discussions, Putin mentioned there was no animosity or hostility between himself and Biden, calling their assembly “constructive” however their opinions and views “divergent.” He mentioned each side demonstrated a need to grasp one another and convey their positions nearer, however he steered he hadn’t budged an inch on large points like human rights in Russia and the conflict in Ukraine, which his navy invaded in 2014 and now controls two massive swathes of territory.
Biden, talking at his personal press convention later, mentioned he had pressured human rights points within the assembly. “I’m going to maintain saying it… We don’t derive our rights from the federal government. We possess them as a result of we’re born,” mentioned Biden. “Interval.”
That’s why, Biden continued, the US will proceed to boost points just like the persecution and prosecution of individuals like Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition chief imprisoned in Russia on prices extensively considered as retaliation for his political actions.
On Navalny, Putin advised reporters that he and Biden had starkly totally different positions. He mentioned that Navalny knew he had violated the legislation when he was medically evacuated to Germany after being poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent final summer time. Requested by a reporter what would occur if Putin allowed Navalny to die in jail, Biden mentioned, “I made it clear to him the results could be devastating for Russia.”
Delighting within the alternative to criticize the US for its personal civil rights struggles, Putin additionally introduced up police brutality within the US and its frequent mass shootings: “You’ll be able to hardly open your mouth earlier than being shot lifeless,” he mentioned.
On the hot-button challenge of cyberwarfare, Biden mentioned he and Putin agreed to additional discussions on retaining sure varieties of crucial infrastructure off-limits to cyberattacks following latest incidents within the US that noticed the shutdowns of a significant fuel pipeline and a meat processing plant. Biden additionally mentioned he was crystal clear with Putin about how the US will reply if the assaults proceed.
“We’ll reply in a cyber approach. He is aware of,” Biden mentioned.
Putin mentioned he and Biden had agreed to search out methods to cooperate on the problem of local weather change, notably within the Arctic. And he mentioned he and Biden discovered widespread floor on the problem of arms management, saying that because the world’s high nuclear powers, they perceive their accountability. He famous Biden made the “well timed and essential” resolution to increase the New START Treaty for 5 years and mentioned they agreed to start negotiations on a brand new pact. Biden mentioned because of this diplomats and navy consultants from the 2 nations will quickly meet for a “strategic stability dialogue” to put the groundwork for the brand new treaty.
Putin additionally mentioned that Russia and the US agreed one another’s ambassadors “ought to return to their posts and take up their capabilities” within the close to future.
However exterior of that, there seemed to be no main breakthroughs from the summit.
That’s not stunning. White Home officers had mentioned previous to the summit they didn’t anticipate the assembly to result in any main coverage agreements, as an alternative describing it as step one to establishing a working relationship between the 2 presidents. They’d final met a decade in the past and had what Biden described as a tense alternate. (Biden mentioned he advised then–prime minister Putin, “I don’t assume you might have a soul.”)