Biden confirms his first summit with Putin ended in disagreement

US President Joe Biden confirmed President Vlamiir Putin’s suggestion that their Geneva summit on Wednesday ended on a note of disagreement but described the tone of the summit as “positive.” He added, “I did what I came to do.” The US would always speak out on human rights, he said, referring to one of the points at issue.

The two leaders also discussed working together in dealing with Iran, and they addressed the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. On the issue of Ukraine, Biden said he expressed his administration’s “unwavering commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

The US would not put up with hacking attacks on government and infrastructure, he said. Putin retorted earlier that the US was blamed by the world for most of the cyberattacks.

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