President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, rising from his first assembly with President Biden, mentioned Wednesday that the talks had gone nicely — however his different feedback made clear that tensions between the international locations are unlikely to ease considerably any time quickly.
“There has been no hostility,” Mr. Putin declared. “On the contrary, our meeting took place in a constructive spirit.”
Addressing reporters on the Geneva villa the place the assembly came about, the Russian president mentioned: “Both sides expressed their intention to understand each other and seek common ground. The talks were quite constructive.”
Mr. Biden, confronted with a surge of cyberattacks that originated in Russia, had made clear that he meant to present Mr. Putin a selection: Cease the assaults and crack down on the cybercriminals working from Russian territory, or face reprisals.
But after the assembly, Mr. Putin basically denied that the Russia was the supply of the hacking onslaught and mentioned the United States was the most important offender.
His turning of the tables advised that Mr. Putin was not in discussing what Mr. Biden mentioned was a key goal of the talks: to determine some “guardrails” about what sorts of assaults on essential infrastructure are off limits in peacetime.
Mr. Putin did counsel that there had been some sort of settlement to determine skilled teams to look at these points, however American officers concern that may be an effort to tie the questions up in committees moderately than set clear purple strains.
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Mr. Putin additionally took a tough line on human rights in Russia.
He mentioned Mr. Biden had raised the difficulty, however struck the identical defiant tone on the matter in his information convention as he has in the previous. The United States, Mr. Putin mentioned, helps opposition teams in Russia in order to weaken the nation, because it sees Russia as an adversary.
“If Russia is the enemy, then what organizations will America support in Russia?” Mr. Putin requested. “I think that it’s not those who strengthen the Russian Federation, but those that contain it — which is the publicly announced goal of the United States.”
There was little expectation that the summit would radically reframe the connection, however supporters and critics of Mr. Putin hope that it’ll not less than cease its downward spiral. And there’s the sense that Mr. Biden is ready to interact broadly with Mr. Putin regardless of his considerations in regards to the remedy of the jailed opposition chief Aleksei A. Navalny.
Critics, together with an aide to Mr. Navalny, solid the summit, which comes forward of Russian parliamentary elections and as Mr. Putin faces hits to recognition at dwelling, as little greater than a photograph op.
“He does not plan on signing any agreements,” the aide, Leonid Volkov, wrote on Facebook. “He’s coming, essentially, for one photo, literally like fans dream of a selfie with their idol.”
But even some Putin critics inside Russia have been hoping that he and Mr. Biden would discover some widespread floor.
“If they manage to come to agreements on certain things, and there’s a sense in the Kremlin that this was a first step, then this could provide a big incentive to reduce persecution inside the country,” mentioned Ivan I. Kurilla, an skilled on Russian-American relations in St. Petersburg and a frequent Kremlin critic. “If Biden comes to Geneva and reads Putin a lecture about human rights and goes home, then I suspect Putin will do everything the other way around.”