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Buoyed by allied summits, Biden ready to take on Putin


Patrick Semansky, Associated Press

President Joe Biden attends the United States-European Union Summit with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, back left, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, right, at the European Council in Brussels, Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

GENEVA - Fresh from supportive summits with allies, Joe Biden declared himself ready Tuesday to take on Russia's Vladimir Putin in far more confrontational talks - a climactic finish to the most important week of meetings in his young presidency.

Biden meets for his first talks as president with the Russian leader on Wednesday, in what's expected to be roughly a half-day of discussions between the two leaders and aides behind closed doors. That's after spending much of a weeklong European trip - the foreign policy highlight of his presidency so far - working to strengthen ties with like-minded partner nations in order to better deal with rivals Russia and China.

A reporter soon after Biden's arrival in Geneva on Tuesday shouted out a question on whether he was ready for Wednesday's talks. "I am always ready," Biden answered.


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