(GENEVA) Biden & Putin Summit Report: Opening the talks, Putin said he hoped for a “productive” meeting, while Biden said: “It is always better to meet face to face.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.17: The leaders’ first in-person meeting, which is taking place at a lakeside villa, comes amid soaring tensions between their two countries.

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have started a high-stakes summit that is expected to be dominated by deep disagreements: US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin kicked off a highly-anticipated summit in Geneva on Wednesday.

Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Joe Biden

There were low expectations of a breakthrough, with a string of contentious issues on the agenda. But both sides have said they hope the meeting can at least lead to more stable and predictable relations: Swiss President Guy Parmelin is acting as host during the talks, which are scheduled to last four to five hours.

What is on the agenda?

Biden and Putin are likely to discuss a raft of issues, including arms controlcybercrime, Ukraine, Belarus, election interference and the coronavirus pandemic.

The US president is expected to broach the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, although the Russian side has said that is an internal matter that Putin won’t be drawn on.

DW correspondent Alexandra von Nahmen says cybersecurity will be at the top of the agenda.

“There have been a few quite far-reaching cyberattacks in the US recently, some of them having Russian fingerprints on them, so the Biden administration is calling on Russia to do more to deter such attacks from within its borders,” she said.

“Both sides want to lower the temperature a notch or two and they’re trying to find ways to resume their dialogue.”

  • Biden in sunglasses arriving on Air Force One plane Russia-US relations: The contentious issuesBiden playing it coolPresident Joe Biden has kept his cards close to his chest ahead of the summit in Geneva. He declined to say how he plans to confront Putin during talks with his Russian counterpart — but is expected to address key issues. “I’m not looking for conflict with Russia, but we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities,” Biden said ahead of the summit. 

Relations between the two countries deteriorated following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and amid US allegations that Moscow meddled in its 2016 presidential election.

The situation worsened after Biden called Putin a killer in March, prompting Russia to recall its ambassador from Washington. The US then recalled its ambassador from Moscow. The possibility of returning the diplomats to their respective posts may also be on the agenda.

What do observers say about the talks?

US Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Chris Kupchan told DW the two leaders are “not coming in looking for a bromance like Trump and Putin,” but Biden could “invest in some kind of working relationship with Putin.”

Biden is much more worried about China than he is about Russia. And I’m guessing that Putin is growing quietly uncomfortable with China. So part of this conversation might be about trying to improve the Western relationship with Russia in a way that contains China’s leverage and gives Moscow a little bit of breathing room in its relationship with Beijing,” he said.

NATO declares China a global security threat

Andrey Kortunov, director general of the Kremlin-founded Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), said Putin “understands that relations between Russia and the United States will continue to be mostly adversarial, at least for the foreseeable future. But at the same time, there are some potential pockets of cooperation that can be pursued further. And even the confrontation can and should be managed, to reduce costs and to cut down the risks.”

David O’Sullivan, former EU ambassador to the US, said Biden would aim to be charming, and at the same time “open but firm on the points which are important for him.”

“He will reach out to Putin and say, ‘look, we don’t agree on everything. Let’s find a way of coexisting and not creating excessive tensions for each other’.”

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#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.17: 2021:

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ PARK GEUN-HYE WILLING TO HOLD SUMMIT WITH KIM JONG-UN WITH NO PRE-CONDITIONS ‘

#AceWorldNews- SOUTH KOREA:Jan.12: South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday she was willing to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without any pre-condition, Reuters said.

There is no sign of any concrete plan for the meeting, and the South Korean leader said she maintained the country still needed an anti-North security law.

The two sides are technically at war as they have signed no peace treaty since the 1950-53 Korean War only ended in an uneasy truce.

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‘ OSCE PLANNING SUMMIT WITH DIPLOMATS TO REVISE 1975 HELSINKI ACCORD ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – Nov.26 – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is discussing plans to hold a conference similar to the summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland, in 1975, which stopped the cold war and restored ties between the Soviet Union, the United States and Europe, the Izvestia newspaper has reported.

'The Helsinki summit in 1975 stopped the cold war and restored ties between the Soviet Union, the United States and Europe '

‘The Helsinki summit in 1975 stopped the cold war and restored ties between the Soviet Union, the United States and Europe ‘

The idea of convening a new Helsinki forum may be announced in early December at the foreign ministers’ meeting of the OSCE member-states in Switzerland’s Basel, the report says, citing diplomatic sources.

Russia’s EU envoy, Vladimir Chizhov, told the newspaper “this idea (signing of new agreement on security and cooperation in Europe – TASS) may take particular shapes” on December 4-5 during the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel. “This is now being discussed as part of the OSCE,” he said.

The diplomat confirmed that the draft concept of such an agreement, Helsinki plus 40, already exists and could be adopted during the OSCE chairmanship of a country, which has friendly relations with Russia.

In 1975, 35 states, including the US, Canada, and most European states, signed the Helsinki Accords, also known as the Helsinki Final Act, in an effort to improve relations between the Communist bloc and the West and secure their common acceptance of the post-World War II status quo in Europe.

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‘ OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS TO EXTEND VISA’S FOR CHINESE STUDENTS, TOURISTS AND BUSINESS ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – Nov.10 – President Obama made the remarks at the APEC CEO Summit in Beijing on Monday as reported by USA today. 

He said the U.S. and China need to work together to deepen economic ties.

The president announced that he wants to extend existing visa for Chinese students, tourists and business people.

Obama said student visas will be extended to five years, and business and tourist visas to 10 years.

Obama will also visit Burma and Australia this week.

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‘ PUTIN WILL MEET CAMERON & HOLLANDE AT G20 SUMMIT IN AUSTRALIA ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – Nov.08 – President Vladimir Putin will meet with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande during the November 15-16 G20 summit in Australia’s Brisbane, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said Friday.

Putin and US President Barack Obama will have an opportunity to talk on the sidelines of the event, RIA Novosti quoted Ushakov as saying.

Over the weekend, meetings are planned between the Russian president and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and also Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in China.

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NSS : ` Moscow is concerned that ` Weapons -Grade-Fissile-Materials ‘ exits in Countries that have ` No ‘ Nuclear Weapons’

#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE- March 24 – Moscow is concerned about the accumulation of weapons-grade fissile materials in some countries that have no nuclear weapons and hopes the United States will play a more active role in solving this issue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the opening on the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague.

“Along with the programme to return fresh and irradiated highly-enriched uranium from Russian-design nuclear research reactors to Russia, launched in 2002, we have also been converting the cores of these reactors from using highly-enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium or halting their operation altogether,” the minister said.

“Over the past 12 years, 790 kilos of fresh and 1,289 kilos of irradiated highly-enriched Uranium have been transported from 14 countries: completely from nine countries and partially from five countries,” he said.

Russia “is concerned about the unjustified accumulation of weapons-grade fissile materials in some countries that possess no nuclear weapons.

They are in no hurry to get rid of them even though the above mentioned programme provides necessary possibilities for that,” Lavrov said.

Russian News and Media Sources

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