November 17, 2021
General News

Thursday 17 June 2021 – The Monocle Minute

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin met yesterday at a Geneva summit that could not have been more different to the meeting there between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in 1985. The Cold war-era iteration allowed three days for talk and negotiation; yesterday it all happened in a single afternoon. President Putin arrived straight from the airport; there was no official reception, no shared meal and no overnight stay.

The tight schedule reflected the summit’s timid expectations. In separate press conferences following less than four hours of talks, the leaders inevitably spoke of a frank and constructive atmosphere, and agreed to step up lower-level consultations. But on tough topics ranging from cyber warfare to international conflicts, the US and Russia remain implacably divided. The best to hope for in the aftermath is a more stable…

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