Biden, Putin Agree to Negotiate a New Nuclear Pact
On Wednesday, US President Biden and Russia President Vladimir Putin met and agreed to return their nations' ambassadors to their posts and to negotiate a new treaty limiting nuclear weapons production for both countries. The current treaty is set to expire in 2026. Both parties called the summit "constructive."
The meeting went on for about three hours and several topics were discussed. Biden raised concerns about human rights issues with Putin and also questioned Putin about Russian Opposition Leader Navalny's fate. Navalny is currently serving a prison sentence in Russia.
The two sides also agreed to begin negotiations on cybersecurity issues. Biden has criticized Putin for multiple cyberattacks and for Russian interference in US elections. Putin has denied all of these claims saying Russia has not been involved in any of these attacks.
Said Putin, post-meeting, "The meeting was actually very efficient...It was substantive, it was specific. It was aimed at achieving results, and one of them was pushing back the frontiers of trust."
Biden said the meeting was an important step for the United States and Russia to find “stability and predictability” in their relationship.
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