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Biden and Putin agree to reduce nuclear risks

With U.S.-Russia tensions nearing Cold War-era dimensions, Presidents Biden and Putin used Swiss diplomacy to agree to nuclear talks and other measures.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet at the start of the U.S.-Russia summit in Geneva
U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, meet at the start of the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AN/Denis Balibouse/Pool Photo via AP)

GENEVA (AN) — With tensions approaching Cold War-era dimensions, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to restore ambassadors to each other's nations and to start negotiating a potential replacement for their last nuclear arms treaty at a Swiss-hosted summit on Wednesday.

The two leaders turned to Geneva's multilateral hub of finance and global diplomacy to sort out their adversarial relationship, meeting for less than three hours, shorter than expected, for a stern exchange of views and boundary-setting.

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