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Hopes for thawing relations as Putin and Biden meet

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There is little expectation that the summit between Presidents Biden Putin in Geneva on Wednesday will radically change U.S.-Russia relations. But it could at least stop the downward spiral.
Officials say the talks could open the door to wider negotiations on arms control and cybersecurity, and perhaps lift some restrictions on each others’ diplomatic missions. The Russians believe that Biden is prepared to engage broadly with Putin despite his concerns about domestic issues.
But a senior American official said that Biden would not engage in any “breaking of bread” with Putin. Biden plans to confront Putin on ransomware attacks on U.S. companies and government agencies, and will demand Putin stop harboring criminal hacking groups.
Details: Wednesday’s summit will also focus on nuclear stability and the future of the New Start treaty, which limits U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals. Fighting climate change will be high on the agenda, according to the Kremlin.
Related: Russia has been a space power for decades. But now the future of the country’s program rests with China, a budding partnership that reflects the geopolitics of the world today.

Courtesy- NYT

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