US-Russian talks a ‘sign of hope,’ says Swiss president

US-Russian talks a ‘sign of hope,’ says Swiss president

© APA | US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin

# 16 June 2021 07:28 (UTC +04:00)

US President Joe Biden’s summit meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is not only a "sign of hope" for relations between the countries but, for the whole world, the Swiss president said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Anadolu. 

Guy Parmelin’s remarks came after he had a 30-minute talk with Biden at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, where the US president is staying.

"Switzerland is convinced that a constructive dialogue is necessary between the great powers so that we can meet the challenges of our time," said Parmelin after the meeting, describing his talks with Biden as "warm.”

The meeting is a "sign of hope" after the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, said Parmelin from the Swiss city which is under a security lockdown due to Wednesday's meeting.

Meanwhile, a few dozen people protested against Putin in the Plainpalais area in Geneva, the Swiss national broadcaster RTS reported.  

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