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US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Wednesday in Geneva. While they agreed on the return of diplomats to their respective embassies, in other respects their discussion went no further than staking out their interests. In view of the tense relations between the two countries expectations were already rather low in the run-up to the meeting, and commentators also give a mixed assessment of its results.

The presidents of Russia and the US are meeting in Geneva today to discuss the pandemic, regional conflicts, and nuclear weapons. In the run-up to the summit Biden emphasised that in addition to engaging in dialogue he would be laying down red lines, while Putin declared that relations between the two countries were at a low point. In Europe's press, however, not everyone's expectations for the summit are low.

US President Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed interest in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. One possibility would be a summit during Biden's European trip in mid-June. Russian media discuss which topics are conducive to consensus and how much leg-work the West needs to do in the run-up to a meeting.

On Tuesday, Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin and proposed a personal meeting - just a few weeks after criticising him in the strongest possible terms. Now the US government has imposed financial sanctions and expelled ten Russian diplomats after concluding that Moscow was responsible for a major hacking attack and interference in the 2020 US presidential election. European media try to make sense of the zigzagging.