What Happened at the Biden-Putin Summit? Not Much.

On June 16, President Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met for a high-profile sit down in Geneva, Switzerland. 

What did the summit accomplish? Not much. But that wasn’t its purpose. The Biden administration saw this as an opportunity to open up what it calls a “strategic stability dialogue.” The first purpose of this dialogue is to prevent a war—nuclear or otherwise —from accidentally erupting between the two nations. The diplomatic and military channels are also intended to lay the groundwork for “future arms control” talks, as well as other “risk reduction measures.” The Biden team already extended the New START Treaty for five years. This move is intended to limit both countries’ strategic nuclear arsenals, with the hope of expanding the arms covered in the future. But the summit covered a wide range of other issues as well. 

Let’s take a look at some of what President Biden said about the face-to-face meeting during his press conference afterward. 

Biden wants Russia to abide by “international norms,” but he didn’t offer any good reasons to think the Kremlin will. 

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