The Biden-Putin Summit and the Press Conferences That Followed
We begin with the summit meeting today in Geneva between President Biden and President Putin which both leaders characterized as constructive since they got a lot done then cut it short after a little over half the time allotted having agreed on the need to shore up strategic stability between the two nuclear-armed countries. Joining us to assess the meeting and the two press conferences that followed is Timothy Frye, a Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy at Columbia University and a research director at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow whose latest book is Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia. We discuss the press conferences that followed with Putin taking questions from CNN, the BBC and the Western press even though there is little to no press freedom in Russia while Biden in his avuncular way, explained to the American press why he is positive and upbeat, suggesting they always take a pessimistic approach to covering stories.
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