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As Biden-Putin meet looms, Geneva to host U.S., Russian summit for third time

With the current relationship between the superpowers at its lowest, this meeting will be a crucial step in moving forward.

6/16/2021 7:34:00 AM

With the current relationship between the superpowers at its lowest, this meeting will be a crucial step in moving forward.

With the current relationship between the superpowers at its lowest, this meeting will be a crucial step in moving forward.

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969, left) with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev (1894 - 1971) at the White House, Washington D.C., 22nd September 1959. Khrushchev is on a state visit to the U.S.FPG/Archive Photos/Getty ImagesThis time, hopes loom for even a modest improvement on the current U.S.-Russia chill over issues like Ukraine, human rights and cyber attacks.

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Soviet and Russian studies expert Robert Legvold, a professor emeritus at Columbia University, said Geneva hosted crucial U.S.-Soviet talks on strategic nuclear arms control and has had a relatively good track record as a venue where the two countries can cooperate.

If there's any city"where business has been done ... it has been Geneva," Legvold said of the two rival countries.Legvold noted how Eisenhower used the 1955 meeting to launch what became known as the"Open Skies" agreement, which called for U.S. and Soviet militaries to exchange maps to boost transparency and defuse tensions.

That eventually led to a treaty in 1992, which let each country carry out surveillance flights over the other's territory. Under Trump, the U.S. pulled out of the Open Skies Treaty, and the Biden administration announced last month that the U.S. would not rejoin it — alleging repeated Russian violations.

Putin has lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union as the"greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century," and has sought to rebuild Russia's Soviet-era global clout and prestige. He often has been critical of Gorbachev's legacy, saying that the U.S. and its Western allies cheated the Soviet Union by pledging not to expand

NATOeastward following the reunification of Germany — and then breaking their promise.Today's Geneva is not the den of Cold War espionage and intrigue that it once was. But while Switzerland has in many ways cleaned up its reputation as a hub for the rich and powerful to squirrel away funds and avoid taxes, experts say many autocrats are still drawn to the discretion and stability of Swiss banking.

Nevertheless, the city has painstakingly built a reputation for diplomacy, humanitarianism and multilateralism. The International Red Cross was founded here in 1863 to help victims of conflict. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson helped set up the League of Nations — the U.N. predecessor that the U.S.

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shunned — to foster dialogue. The Geneva Conventions set rules about humanitarian conduct in war.More recently, Geneva has been home to theUnited Nations' European headquarters, its human rights office and scores of U.N.-affiliated bodies, multilateral institutions and humanitarian and advocacy groups — often with U.S. support.

Still, in this city of about 200,000 people, Trump casts a long shadow. He pulled the U.S. out of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council. He criticized the WTO and largely stripped it of its ability to settle trade disputes. Just over a year ago, Trump paused U.S. funding for the

and threatened to pull the U.S. out over the health agency's alleged missteps and kowtowing to China early in the COVID-19 crisis.Biden kept the U.S. in the U.N. health agency and restored U.S. funding."Certainly, the former situation (under Trump) was threatening ... Geneva as a place for multilateral negotiation" as well as its many technical organizations, said Nicolas Levrat, director of the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva.

He differentiated between Geneva's lure as a site for face-to-face power diplomacy and its penchant for multilateralism, which the U.S. hasn't always supported — even before Trump. Read more: Newsweek »

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Russian negotiation versus American negotiation - what's the difference? Who cares. Russia isn’t worth the attention we give them. Who would’ve thought the USA would turn into the former USSR. And that the former USSR would now evolve into what the USA used to be. THE DIFFERENCE.. It’s not at its lowest. That’s stupid.

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5 things to watch for in President Biden's meeting with Russia's Vladimir PutinThe Biden-Putin summit won't look much like the Russia n's meetings with Trump. Expected topics include hacking, election interference, human rights. Stop effin 'listing' things Sounds onerous and suspicious Whatever happens, don’t drink the tea! poison tbh, if he doesn't side with the GRU against the FBI, he's leaps and bounds ahead of the last guy. The bar is pretty low.....because Trump committed treason.

What Biden and Putin are hoping to get out of their face-to-face meeting in SwitzerlandPutin has described Ukraine's bid to join NATO as an existential challenge to Russia : ‘Isn't it a red line?’ Whats to the US disadvantage is that he will be there(hopefully for them) for the next 15 years and will see an approx of 4 different presidents all with different set of strategies. Putin will be rolling his eyes listening to half coherent sentences

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