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Biden and Putin shake hands, kicking off Geneva summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and US President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and US President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shake hands in Geneva at the start of their first summit, with tensions at their highest in years.

The two meet after standing with their host, Swiss President Guy Parmelin, outside the La Grange villa overlooking Lake Geneva, where they are set to meet for up to five hours, with cyberattacks, election meddling and rights abuses among the many contentious issues on the agenda.

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