The US president met with his Russian counterpart in Geneva on Wednesday for their first-ever summit. The leaders discussed a broad range of issues, from global strategic stability and diplomatic relations to Ukraine, Syria, Belarus, NATO activity on Russia’s borders, human rights, sanctions, cyberattacks, and more.
US President Joe Biden had, for him, an unusually tense exchange with a CNN reporter on Wednesday following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing the journalist of twisting his words while telling her that she was “in the wrong business” if she didn’t understand what Wednesday’s summit was really about.
“Why are you so confident [Putin] will change his behaviour Mr. President?” the reporter asked as Biden headed inside after speaking to reporters at length about the results of the summit.
“I’m not confident he’s going to change his behaviour. Where the hell – what do you do all the time?” a visibly agitated Biden responded, turning around and walking back toward the gathered journalists.
“But given his past behaviour has not changed, and in that press conference after sitting down with you for several hours, he denied any involvement in cyberattacks, he downplayed human rights abuses, he even refused to say [opposition vlogger] Alexei Navalny’s name. So how does that amount to a constructive meeting as President Putin framed it?” the reporter…