Putin says he hopes meeting with Biden ‘will be productive’
16 June 2021 | 2:34 pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden in Geneva "will be productive", at the beginning of the talks between the two heads of state. They are set to meet for up to five hours, with cyber-attacks, election meddling and rights abuses among the many contentious issues on the agenda.
It never happened during the entire Cold War. But all these years later, Russia's border with NATO is about to double in size. Finland remains unmoved by threats out of the Kremlin over its bid to join the US-led alliance. The same goes for neighbouring Sweden, which is so concerned by Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine that it is ready to call time on two centuries of neutrality.
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A decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin stipulates that Western countries must start paying for gas through a Russian bank that will transfer foreign currency into rubles.
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