Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden agreed at their first summit to continue arms control negotiations and return the ambassadors to their posts in the capitals of the two countries because they were withdrawn by Russia and the United States earlier this year because of tensions. non-stop upgradin.
The summit held at Villa La Grande in Geneva lasted less than four hours, which was far below the expectations of Biden’s consultants.
The decision to hold two separate press conferences meant that the intimacy that Putin showed when he met with former US President Donald Trump in 2018 has disappeared.
Reuters pointed out that there was no lunch together.
The first to speak to the media was 68-year-old Putin. He said that the meeting was constructive and not hostile. He showed that both sides want to understand each other.
Putin said at the press conference: “We have agreed that our country’s ambassador will return to their seats.”
He said that the date has not yet been set, but the meeting was constructive.
Ifax quoted the Kremlin as reporting that the two have accepted a joint statement on strategic nuclear stability. According to TASS, it stated that a nuclear war should never be launched.
He also stated that Moscow and Washington will begin negotiations on possible changes to the recently extended new START arms control agreement, adding that the two countries are responsible for nuclear strategic stability.
Looking back, despite some major differences, arms control is one of the things that may make progress. The two countries extended the new START contract to five years in February.
According to the agreement, the United States and Russia each have 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads, which is 30% less than the upper limit set in 2002. The new START limits the number of launchers and heavy bombers to 800.
Commenting on the allegations that Russia’s diplomacy is unpredictable, Putin said that the move by the United States to withdraw from the arms trade is unpredictable.
According to Reuters, Putin did not show any willingness to compromise on other issues, such as Russia’s increasing military presence on the eastern border of Ukraine and the United States accusing unidentified Russians of being responsible for a series of US cyber attacks. Washington is concerned about the arrest of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
“He knew that he was violating Russia’s current laws,” Putin said, referring to the violation of earlier probation provisions, which require opposition leaders to regularly report to prison authorities.
After being poisoned by the Kremlin in Russia in August, Alexei Navalny was taken to a Berlin hospital in a coma. He received treatment in Germany for nearly six months. After returning to Russia in January, he was arrested for failing to report to the authorities. This is what he must do. As a result, he was sentenced to probation for fraud in 2014 and was commuted to a severe sentence. He has been in prison ever since.