GENEVA, Switzerland — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have concluded their high-stakes summit in Geneva.
The pair met for nearly four hours on Wednesday, first in a smaller session and later in a larger meeting that included more officials from both sides and which lasted about 65 minutes.
Biden held a news conference before departing the summit site.
He told reporters that the two men sat across the table at their meeting site talking through each issue “in excruciating detail.” At the end of that, “we looked at each other like, ‘Ok, what next?’’’ Biden said. “We had covered so much.”
The meeting came with diplomatic relations at a very low level, but Putin described the meeting as productive too.
Putin, in remarks that came at his news conference, described the tone of the talks as “constructive” and said there was no hostility.
“Our assessment of many issues differ, but in my view both sides demonstrated the desire to understand each other and looks for ways to get closer," Putin said. He called the talks with Biden “rather constructive.”