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Biden, Putin agree on areas of mutual cooperation in their first face-to-face summit since taking office Updated: 2021-06-17 17:24:46 KST

The first face-to-face summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin garnered global attention from start to finish.
The leaders arrived - Putin first, then Biden - at the summit venue on the shores of Lake Geneva on Wednesday afternoon, local time.
According to Reuters, the talks lasted about three hours, less than what Biden's advisers had expected.
But, President Biden said they had a very intense and detailed meeting, adding that they didn't need to spend more time talking.
While President Putin also described the summit as generally positive, pundits believe no major breakthroughs were made.

"I think that we speak the same language on the whole. But it doesn't mean that we should look into each other's souls, eyes and swear eternal love and friendship. Not at all, we protect interests of our countries and our people and these relations are pragmatic first of all."

In a joint statement after the talks, the two sides said the summit showed Washington and Moscow are able to make progress on shared goals even during periods of tension.
It added the two leaders agreed on areas of mutual cooperation, including strategic stability and arms control measures.
This includes the resumption of stalled nuclear talks to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.
They also agreed to return their respective ambassadors to their posts.
For months, no senior diplomat has been posted in either country.
During a separate post-summit press conference, President Biden stressed that human rights issues were a major agenda item.

"I made it clear to President Putin I will continue to raise issues of fundamental human rights because that's what we are. I made it clear that we will not tolerate attempts to violate our democratic sovereignty or destabilize our democratic elections, and we would respond. The bottom line is I told President Putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by."

Biden added that they also spent a lot of time discussing cyber security.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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