Depending on the outcome of the meeting, the meeting may overshadow Biden when he returns home to help revive his country’s agenda. He arrived at the villa with the support of Western allies. He spent last week holding face-to-face talks with the Russian president, who arrived in Geneva on Wednesday morning before the summit.
In Biden’s report, those leaders supported him in his decision to meet with Putin now, during the first six months of his presidency, before he had the opportunity to formulate Russia’s strategy in full.
Still, there is skepticism that anything can be achieved. Instead, Biden wants to open contacts with the notoriously witty Putin, hoping to halt further deterioration in U.S.-Moscow relations.
In some areas, Biden believes he can work in concert with Putin, including nuclear weapons cooperation, climate change, and a common interest in reforming Iran’s nuclear deal. And officials said a possible outcome was an agreement to return their ambassadors back to Washington and Moscow in months without the presence of a senior diplomat in either country.