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Biden says he raised human rights issues in Putin summit

President Biden said he raised issues including nuclear arms control, cybersecurity, election interference and violations of human rights in Russia in his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Tuesday.

What he's saying: "My agenda is not against Russia or anybody else. It's for the American people," Biden said at a press conference following the summit, which was shorter than expected.


"Where we have differences I want President Putin to understand why I say what I say, and why I do what I do. And how we will respond to different actions that harm America's interest," Biden told reporters, stressing that there was "no substitute" for a face-to-face meeting.

  • "How could I be the president of the United States of America and not speak out against the violation of human rights," Biden said, noting that he'd raised the case of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
  • "The bottom line is I told president Putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by."

The other side: During his own press conference after the meeting, Putin described the summit as "constructive" and said he did not think "there was any kind of hostility” between the two leaders.

  • "Many of our joint positions are divergent but nevertheless I think both sides manifested a determination to try and understand each other and try and converge our positions," Putin told reporters.
  • "The meeting, you know, was actually very sufficient, and it was substantive and specific, and it was aimed at achieving results."

Go deeper: Biden and Putin conclude second round of closed-door talks

Editor's note: This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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