There may be major issues to discuss, but the environment of the American and Russian presidents in a magnificent 18th-century villa overlooking Lake Geneva will be luxurious and peaceful.
The first face-to-face meeting between Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidency may last four to five hours or more.
Some of the topics to be discussed on Wednesday are arms control, cyber attacks and election interference.
However, there will be no meals, and the Presidents of Russia and the United States will hold separate press conferences, which is a sign of tension in the relationship.
“No bread is broken,” a senior US official told reporters. Biden flew to Geneva to participate in the talks, which will begin at Villa La Grange at about 1 pm, an elegant gray palace surrounded by 30 acres. Park.
Putin comes first, and he and Biden will first meet with Swiss President Guy Palmerin. Subsequently, the Russian and American presidents will talk in a library with old books in Chinese, French, Persian and Turkish.
Secretary of State Anthony Brinken will meet with Biden, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will go to Putin.
Between 3 and 3,500 police officers were deployed in an otherwise peaceful Swiss city.
Among the thousands of books in the villa, there is the work of Charles Pictet de Rochemont, the diplomat who drafted the Swiss Declaration of Permanent Neutrality, which was chosen as the venue for the summit. another reason.