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Highlights of Biden-Putin meeting: What you need to know


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1. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday that lasted less than 4 hours.


2. Both Presidents agreed at their first summit to resume arms control talks and to return ambassadors to each other's capitals after they were withdrawn earlier this year.


3. After the summit, Biden told reporters that the tone of the talks with the Russian president was " good and positive." He stressed "human rights issues" including the cases of two Americans who were "wrongfully imprisoned" in Russia. He also pointed out concerns about Russia's handling of Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader jailed in Russia.


4. Putin, however, was critical of Navalny, saying he was breaking Russian law. The Russian President inclined no interest on other issues, dismissing US concerns about Russia's presence near Ukraine's eastern border and cyberattacks by unidentified Russians in the United States.


5. However, Putin called Biden a "constructive", "experienced" partner but added there had been no friendship rather a pragmatic dialogue about shared interests. He said Russia and the US shared responsibility for nuclear stability and would hold talks on possible changes to their recently extended New START arms limitation treaty.

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