Biden news latest: President shades Putin with gift of aviator sunglasses used by NATO at frosty summit

PRESIDENT Biden got in a last jab at Putin after their meeting when he gifted the Russian president a pair of aviator sunglasses from a brand that produces the shades for US military pilots and NATO allies.

The gift marked the end of a tense one-day summit in Geneva in which Biden confronted Putin over Russian cyberattacks.

The glasses, produced by Randolph USA, are also in a style favored by Biden, who is often seen sporting them on the tarmac, the New York Post reports.

Biden also gifted the Russian President with a crystal sculpture of a American bison, the official US mammal, atop a cherry wood base, a reference to George Washington's cherry tree.

Although gift giving is common among world leaders after negotiations, Putin has yet to give one back to Biden.

Read our Biden live blog below for the very latest news and updates… 

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PUTIN ARRIVED AT SUMMIT BEFORE BIDEN

    Putin arrived first after landing in his luxurious jet known as the "Flying Kremlin" at 12.27pm local time, before riding in his limo to the villa.

    Biden then arrived second in a massive motorcade – featuring his armoured presidential car "The Beast" – that scythed through Geneva.

    It was entrance that appears to have been carefully choreographed to avoid previous instances where Putin has kept US Presidents waiting for him.

    Sitting down with each other inside the venue, Putin said he hoped for a "productive" meeting – while Biden said he wanted "predictable" relations with Moscow.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PUTIN GOES AFTER BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS

    Putin swiped at the US while facing further questions about human rights abuses in Russia.

    He brought up gun violence, riots linked to Black Lives Matter, and the storming of the US Capitol on January 6.

    "Look at American streets. People are getting killed there," he said.

    "You don't have time to open your mouth and you're shot dead."

    Putin also shrugged off questions about jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, saying he was a "repeat offender" who "deliberately wanted to be arrested".

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PUTIN SAYS MEETING WAS CONSTRUCTIVE

    Putin characterised discussions as "constructive" and said he hoped to reach agreements with Biden on issues such as nuclear weapons, cyber security and Ukraine.

    Putin said the two countries just need to abandon various insinuations, sit down at the expert level and start working in the interests of the US and Russia.

    And in one of the most charged exchanges, an ABC reporter asked him "Mr President, what are you so afraid of?" in relation to his brutal crackdown on the opposition activists in Russia.

    Putin responded by claiming the US had branded Russia their "enemy" and accused them of backing anti-government opposition groups.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN SAYS PUTIN WILL FACE CONSEQUENCES IF NAVALNY IS HARMED

    Biden claimed he made clear that there would be consequences if Putin-critic Alexey Navalny is harmed.

    Biden said that the consequences would be “devastating for Russia.”

    "That's who we are," he insisted.

    "We haven't lived up to it completely, but we've always widened the arc."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN MISTAKENLY MISTOOK PUTIN FOR TRUMP

    Biden mistook the Russian President for the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, as he delved into what was discussed at the long-awaited summit.

    He then quickly corrected himself, before continuing to speak about his discussions during the four-hour-long meeting.

    "I caught part of President Trump's … eh Putin's … press conference," Biden said.

    "He talked about the need for us to have some kind of modus operandi where we dealt with making sure that the Arctic was, in fact, a free zone," Biden said, continuing on from the blunder.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HILLARY CLINTON PUSHES FOR HARSH STANCE WITH PUTIN

    Hillary Clinton urged Biden to tell Putin that “ridiculing the United States, undermining us, allowing — as well as overseeing attacks — on our election structure, on our energy delivery system, on so much else, has to stop.”

    "I'm sure that Joe Biden is looking at Vladimir Putin right now and saying: 'You know, Vlad, you know what we can do to you… You have to be prepared to face more serious consequences."

    Clinton insisted that the US had to start a process with Russia "where we don't slide into disastrous cyber consequences" as she pushed Biden to tell Putin to reign in the digital aggression.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PUTIN SPRINTED DOWN THE PLANE STEPS

    Putin quickly descended the steps of his jet as he landed in Geneva to meet with Biden on Wednesday morning.

    The moment was very different from Joe Biden’s tumble up the steps of Air Force One in March.

    Worrying footage shows the president, 78, tripping on the stairs just months after injuring his foot.

    Biden was on his way to Atlanta to meet with Asian community leaders following the massage parlor shootings.

    He tripped a total of three times as he made his way up the stairs to board Air Force One.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN BLACKLISTED RUSSIAN TECH COMPANIES

    Washington has repeatedly accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 and 2020 US elections.

    Earlier this year, Biden blacklisted six Russian technology companies for "carrying out Russian government-directed attempts to influence the 2020 US presidential election, and other acts of disinformation and interference."

    However, Putin called for the US and Russia to work together to fight cyberattacks, saying: "It is our great hope that we will be able to set up this process with our US partners."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    DID BIDEN BRING A 'CHEAT SHEET' TO MEETING WITH PUTIN?

    President Biden could be seen holding a white sheet of paper in his hand, appearing to hide it from Putin's gaze.

    The pair could be seen sat alongside one another inside of the Parc 'La Grange' villa in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday when Biden flashed a glimpse of the cheat sheet.

    Biden was sat cross-legged, while Putin had a wide stance with his hands on his knees.

    As the pair continued to speak with officials around them, Biden could be seen placing the sheet into the inside pocket of his blazer.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN ADVISED NOT TO HAVE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH PUTIN

    Biden delivered a solo press conference on the Putin meeting after the Russian leader first gave his own briefing.

    The US President had reportedly been advised by Russian experts not to hold a joint appearance with Putin.

    "I told President Putin my agenda is not against Russia or anyone else.," Biden began. "It's for the American people."

    "I also told him that no President of the United States could keep faith with the American people if they did not speak out to defend our democratic values," Biden continued.

    The US President said that Russia is "not able to dictate what happens in the world."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN SAID HE WAS 'FIRM' WITH PUTIN

    Biden said he had been firm with Putin during a press conference after his meeting with the Russian leader.

    "I told President Putin my agenda is not against Russia or anyone else," Biden began.

    "It's for the American people.

    "I also told him that no President of the United States could keep faith with the American people if they did not speak out to defend our democratic values," Biden continued.

    The US President said that Russia is "not able to dictate what happens in the world."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PUTIN CALLED TRUMP 'EXTRAORDINARY'

    Putin offered fond words for former President Donald Trump on his interview with NBC, who was accused throughout his four-year term of cozying up to the Russian leader.

    "Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual. Otherwise, he would not have become US president," Putin said. "He is a colorful individual."

    However, Putin added that there's a need for "predictability and stability" in Russia's relations with the United States.

    "This is something we haven't seen in recent years," Trump said.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    BIDEN SNAPS AT REPORTER OVER PUTIN SUMMIT

    The president snapped at Kaitlan Collins while he was telling reporters about his earlier meeting with the Russian leader.

    The US president was leaving the stage as the White House correspondent yelled the question at him.

    Appearing irate, Biden quickly turned back and began to approach the pool of reporters to answer the question.

    "I'm not confident I'm going to change his behavior," the president snapped.

    "What the hell? What do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident?"

    The president was holding his finger up as he confronted Collins, telling her "let's get it straight."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PUTIN RESPONDS TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

    Biden has repeatedly accused Putin of human rights violations, pointing to the poisoning and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

    However, Putin hit back in his interview with NBC, insisting his government isn't cracking down on internal dissent anymore than the US is currently doing.

    He then pointed to the hundreds of arrests made in the wake of the January 6 riots, and the death of one rioter, Ashli Babbitt, as so-called proof the US also targets its own citizens for their political opinions.

    "We have a saying: 'Don't be mad at the mirror if you are ugly,'" he said.

    "It has nothing to do with you personally. But if somebody blames us for something, what I say is, why don't you look at yourselves? You will see yourselves in the mirror, not us."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PUTIN DENOUNCES US FOR 'SECRET PRISONS'

    Putin used a press conference to denounce the US for running “secret CIA prisons across the world, including Europe” following his Geneva summit with Biden.

    He traded on America’s race wars, accusing police of shooting fleeing citizens “in the back of the neck”. “Who’s the killer here?” he implied.

    The extraordinary outburst came after two hours of talks in Geneva aimed at healing open wounds between the two nuclear superpowers.

    Instead of opening a new era of peaceful relations, the talks achieved little more than standard agreements on strategic nuclear stability and cyber warfare.

  • Luke Kenton

    ALEXEI NAVALNY'S WIFE RESPONDS TO PUTIN

    The wife of imprisoned Russia opposition leader Alexei Navalyn has responded to remarks Putin made about the imprisoned Kremlin critic.

    While he didn't mention Navalyn by name, he did speak to why his rival was sercing a prison sentence of more than two years on charges critics say were entirely fabricated to silence him.

    Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, sarcastically responded to Putin in a post on Instagram with a photo of Navalny, who was in a coma from nerve-agent poisoning at the time.

    In the image he is seen being loaded onto a plane for treatment in Berlin.

    "I saved a photo for memory of how Alexei deliberately ignored the requirements [of his parole]," she wrote.

    Biden said Wednesday that he “made it clear” to Putin that if Navalny dies in prison, “the consequences of that would be devastating for Russia.”

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  • Luke Kenton

    'LAST THING BIDEN WANTS IS ANOTHER COLD WAR'

    President Joe Biden said he doesn't think Putin is angling for a new Cold War.

    "I pointed out to him we have significant cyber capability, and he knows it. He doesn't know exactly what it is, but it's significant. If, in fact, they violate these basic norms, we will respond," Biden said.

    "I don't think he's looking for a Cold War with the United States. I don't think it's, as I said to him, I said, 'your generation and mine are about 10 years apart. This is not a Kumbaya moment as you used to say back in the '60s in the United States, like let's hug and love each other. 

    "But it's clearly not in anybody's interest, your country's or mine, for us to be in a situation where it's a new Cold War."

    Credit: Reuters
  • Luke Kenton

    VIDEO: OSAMA BIN LADEN'S NIECE PROTESTS BIDEN-PUTIN SUMMIT WITH 'TRUMP WON' FLAG

    The niece of Osama bin Laden on Wednesday protested the Biden-Putin summit with a “Trump Won” flag.

    Video surfaced on Twitter Wednesday showing Noor bin Laden, on a boat with others, holding a “Trump Won” flag in Geneva.

    Noor responded to the tweet, writing: "Damn right."

  • Luke Kenton

    CNN REPORTER SCOULDED BY BIDEN 'APPRECIATES APOLOGY'

    CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins said she appreciated Joe Biden’s apology for his stern tone when answering her question about his meeting with Putin.

    But Collins said she also considered the president’s apology to be “completely unnecessary”.

    "When I was asking him that question, I was just doing my job, which is to question the President, regardless if they're a Democrat or a Republican, and asking the President a question does not mean it has a negative slant or a positive slant," Collins told Wolf Blitzer.

    "It is simply a way to get into the President's mindset of how he is viewing something, something as major as a meeting with a world leader who has interfered in US elections, jailed his political opponents, dismissed human rights, as he did at a press conference here in Geneva just earlier today."

  • Luke Kenton

    BIDEN GAVE LIST OF 16 CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ENTITIES THAT ARE 'OFF LIMITS'

    Biden said on Wednesday  he gave President Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure entities that are "off-limits" to Russian cyberattacks. 

    The entities included those in the water and energy sectors, in addition to other areas of US interest.

    "We'll find out whether we have a cybersecurity arrangement that begins to bring some order," Biden said.

    Putin has routinely denied any Kremlin involvement in a spate of Russia-linked ransomware attacks.

    "I looked at him. I said, ‘How would you feel if ransomware took on the pipelines from your oil fields?’ He said, ‘It would matter.’ This is not about just our self-interest." Biden said. 

    Biden refused to say if military action was on the table if Russia was found to be responsible for a ransomware attack. 

    Credit: AP
  • Luke Kenton

    BIDEN SPEAKS ON WHILE SUMMIT ENDED EARLY

    Biden addressed today why his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended earlier than expected.

    The highly-anticipated talks were slated to go on for five hours but concluded after less than three.

    Explaining why on Wednesday, Biden said: "We had covered so much.

    "The reason it didn't go longer is when was the last time two heads of state spent two hours in direct conversation directly across the table going into excruciating detail? You may know of a time, but I don't."

  • Luke Kenton

    US AND RUSSIA ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT

    The US and Russia released a joint statement on Wednesday afte Biden and Putin's summit.

    The statement noted that "even in periods of tension", both nations share aims of "ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the risk of armed conflicts and the threat of nuclear war."

    "The recent extension of the New START Treaty exemplifies our commitment to nuclear arms control. Today, we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought," the statement read.

    "Consistent with these goals, the United States and Russia will embark together on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue in the near future that will be deliberate and robust.

    "Through this Dialogue, we seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures."

  • Luke Kenton

    BIDEN: PUTIN MEETING WASN'T ABOUT TRUST, IT WAS ABOUT 'AMERICAN INTEREST'

    Asked now that he's met face to face with Putin if he thinks can trust him, Biden said the summit was "not about trust."

    "This is about self-interest and verification of self-interest," Biden said. "Almost anyone that I would work out an agreement with that affected the American people's interest, I don't say, 'Well, I trust you, no problem. Let's see what happens.'

    "You know, as that old expression goes, 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating.'"

    Credit: Reuters

     

  • Luke Kenton

    'AMERICA IS BACK'

    President Biden declared that America was "back" after his eight-day, three-country Europen tour that culminated in today's sit-down talks with Vladimir Putin.

    "They're glad America’s back – and they acted that way," Biden said of the G7 and NATO allies he met with earlier this week.

    Biden also said that world leaders thanked him for "arranging a meeting with Putin" and insisted he was in a better position to represent the West "knowing the rest of the West was behind us."

    For their support, Biden said he owes his fellow western leaders "a debt of gratitude."

    Credit: AFP
  • Luke Kenton

    BIDEN: 'RUSSIA IN A DIFFICULT SPOT' (PART 2)

    Biden also told reporters he was “of the view that in the last three to five years the world has reached a fundamental inflection point about what it’s going to look like 10 years from now.

    “I mean that literally, I think it’s a genuine reality, many countries around the world are wondering, ‘How do I maintain and sustain my leadership in the world?

    "The US is doing it," he said.

    Credit: AP

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