No major announcement was made on the issue of cyber security, but the leaders agreed to at least talk about this issue which is the main root of the conflict between the US and Russia.
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Joe Biden-Vladimir Putin)
US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held talks in Geneva for more than three hours on Wednesday. Biden and Putin have agreed to send back their ambassadors to Washington and Moscow as part of an effort to improve the deteriorating diplomatic ties between their countries.
Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov was recalled from Washington nearly three months ago after Biden called Putin a “murderer” and imposed new sanctions on Russia over his dealings with opposition leader Alexei Navalny. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow about two months ago. Both the ambassadors were present in the talks on Wednesday.
There may be agreement on consulates
Putin also said that the Russian and US foreign ministries would begin discussions on diplomatic issues, including the closure of consulates in the two countries and the employment status of Russian nationals working for US missions in Russia. A senior Biden administration official said Sullivan is likely to return to Moscow next week. Another official said the two governments have started discussions on the issue of consulate and local embassy personnel and an agreement is expected in the next two months.
agreed to talk about cyber security
While no major announcements were made on the issue of cyber security, the leaders agreed to at least talk about the issue, which is at the heart of the conflict between the US and Russia. Referring to cybercriminals from Russia, Biden said that the governments of America and Russia will work on some criminal cases. Putin agreed to this and said that it is a matter of mutual interest. In a veiled threat to Russia, Biden said that the US has significant cyber capability and can use it against Russia if Russia interferes with America’s critical infrastructure.
‘START’ treaty may go ahead
Biden and Putin instructed their diplomats to create a framework for a new phase of nuclear weapons control. The ‘Strategic Strategic Dialogue’ aims to reduce the risk of war between the world’s two largest nuclear powers. However, no date was announced to start the talks.
Putin said he and Biden agreed to start talks about a new ‘START’ treaty limiting nuclear weapons that could potentially replace it after it expires in 2026. No date was announced for the talks. Washington halted talks with Moscow in 2014 in response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Talks resumed in 2017, but did not succeed in expanding the new START treaty during the Trump administration.
Talk on these issues also
The US President said that he raised the issue of the plight of two Americans imprisoned in Russia with Putin. Putin talked about continuing talks for the prisoner swap, and Biden also agreed to this. Russia has been raising the demand for the release of two prisoners in America’s prison for more than a decade.
Putin acknowledged that Biden raised human rights issues with him, including the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Putin defended Navalny’s prison sentence and repeatedly asked questions about his mistreatment of Russian opposition leaders, referring to the domestic turmoil in the US including the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests and the January 6 Capitol Violence is involved.
Russia ready to help on Afghanistan
The two leaders also talked on the issue of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Biden asked Putin to abandon efforts to close the last crossing to deliver international humanitarian aid to Syria, making it clear how important the matter is to the United States. However, there was no agreement on opening it.
Biden said Putin asked about Afghanistan and expressed his desire to maintain peace and security there. Biden said he told Putin it was largely up to him and Putin indicated he was ready to “help” Iran as well as Afghanistan. Biden did not provide further details. The Biden administration is making new efforts to persuade Iran to abide by the terms of the nuclear deal.
Also read: China increased air power on Indian border, deployed nuclear bomber-modern missiles, what is the intention of ‘Dragon’?
Also read: Britain’s biggest loss, this country had sunk a ship full of civilians in ‘air strike’, more than 4 thousand lost their lives