Jun 5, 2021 - World

2. Why Biden wants to sit down with Putin

 Illustration of US President Joe Biden and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Photo Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photos: Alexei Druzhinin (TASS), Alex Wong/Getty Images

U.S.-Russia relations are at their lowest point since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Why it matters: So it's fitting that President Biden and Vladimir Putin will sit down in Geneva, the site of Ronald Reagan's first meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985.

  • The White House has rejected the idea that the summit is a "reward" for Putin, noting that Biden proposed the meeting "because of our countries' differences, not in spite of them."
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