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Putin calls talks with Biden "constructive," says ambassadors will return to posts

Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia said Wednesday that his summit with President Biden was "constructive," and that the countries had agreed their ambassadors would imminently return to their posts in Moscow and Washington.

What he's saying: "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 at a press conference immediately following the meetings.

  • Putin said the sides had agreed to open "consultations" on cyber hacking, which he said was critically important. He also claimed most cyber attacks currently taking place were being carried out from the U.S.
  • Putin praised Biden's decision to agree to extend the New START nuclear treaty, and said the U.S. State Department and Russia Foreign Ministry would now be opening working level discussions on "the whole question of what will happen after that" on nuclear security.
  • Putin said the leaders had discussed Ukraine, but did not offer any details or conclusions on that subject.

What's next: Biden will be holding a press conference after Putin concludes.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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