One Big Thing: Did President Biden meet Putin too soon?
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Today, President Joe Biden met with Russia President Vladimir Putin at a widely anticipated summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Leading up to the meeting, President Biden has made it clear that human rights will be at the forefront of his administration’s Russia policy, despite rising tensions between the two countries. The Biden administration has also pushed for a more stable and predictable relationship. Until now, recent Presidents including Barrack Obama and Donald Trump have pursued a reset of US-Russian relations, but Biden has made it clear that he will address Putin’s previous wrongful acts.
Recently, the Russian government has led a series of human rights abuses including the wrongful imprisonment and poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, multiple cyber-attacks on the United States’ government and democracy, and sanctioning Taliban attacks on US troops in Afghanistan. Despite this, the expectation in Moscow is that President Biden will be much tougher on Russia than the Trump administration was, so the Kremlin views it as a positive sign that a summit is taking place so early in Biden's term.
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