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Joe Biden declared "the United States is back" following his historic high stakes meeting with adversary Vladimir Putin.
The Russian President described the U.S. leader as "very different" from his predecessor Donald Trump, who many viewed as weak with the former KGB officer leaving the States vulnerable on the world stage.
Following four hours of talks between the superpower leaders in Geneva today, Biden declared: "I did what I came to do," adding the "last thing he (Putin) wants now is a Cold War" but the Russian leader "is not ready to lay down his arms".
He added a new Cold War is in "nobody's interest".
Biden struck a realistic but optimistic tone when describing the talks.
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Biden was optimistic about the meeting
He said the upcoming months would serve as a "test" on whether their discussion would bring the two nations closer to progress.
"That's going to be the test," Biden admitted.
"I am not sitting here saying because the President and I agreed that we would do these things that all of a sudden it's going to work. I'm not saying that.
"What I am saying is I think there's a genuine prospect to significantly improve the relations between our two countries, without us giving up a single, solitary thing based on principle and our values.
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Putin became aggressive after human rights questions from journalists
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Biden noted that there were no "threats" during today's summit.
"It was very, as we say, which will shock you coming from me, somewhat colloquial, and we talked about basic, basic fundamental things," the President added.
Earlier, Putin said of the U.S. leader: "President Biden is an experienced statesman. He is very different from President Trump."
While in the White House, the former U.S. Apprentice star sided with Putin ahead of America's own intelligence community.
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He said he believed the Russian leader and not his spies who said Moscow was behind interfering in the U.S. election that put Trump in power in 2016.
After the summit, the Russian leader started his nearly one-hour press conference on a warm note but then turned aggressive when questioned on human rights issues, including Biden previously calling him a "killer" and on dissident Alexei Navalny.
Putin dismissed questions over his opposition leader and instead referenced riots in the States, sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement and January's attack on the Capitol.
"America just recently had very severe events after well-known events, after a killing of an African American, and an entire movement developed known as Black Lives Matter," Putin said.
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"What we saw was disorder, destruction, violations of the law, etcetera.
"We feel sympathy for the United States of America, but we don't want that to happen on our territory, and we're doing our utmost in order to not allow it to happen."
He also suggested America was silencing dissidents, referring to the arrests of suspects in the Capitol attack.
"As for who is killing whom or are throwing whom in jail, people came to the U.S. Congress with political demands," Putin said.
"Over 400 people had criminal charges placed on them. They face prison sentences of up to 28, maybe even 25 years. They're being called domestic terrorists."
Putin then referenced Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot January 6 when she ignored warnings and tried to crawl through an opening in a barricaded door leading to the Speaker's Lobby.
"One person was simply shot on the spot by the police, although they were not threatening the police with any weapons," he said.
"In many countries, the same thing happens that happens in our country.
"I'd like to stress once more that we sympathise with what happened in the United States, but we have no desire to allow the same thing to happen in our country."
Answering a direct question about the poisoning of Navalny, Putin blamed the opposition activist for his own arrest, saying he had returned to Russia from Germany despite knowing there was a warrant out for him.
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Putin refused to use Navalny's name, referring to him as "this person."
Following the summit, Biden was asked about the consequences of further Russian election meddling or other cybersecurity attacks against the U.S.
"He knows there are consequences," Biden said. "He knows I will take action."
"Let's get this straight: How would it be if the United States were viewed by the rest of the world as interfering with the elections directly of other countries and everybody knew it?
"What would it be like if we engaged in activities that he's engaged in? It diminishes the standing of a country that is desperately trying to make sure it maintains its standing as a major world power."
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The U.S. President explained why he thought it was essential to meet Putin in person.
"It was important to meet in person so there could be no mistake about or misrepresentations about what I wanted to communicate. I did what I came to do," Biden said.
"Number one, identify areas of practical work our two countries could do to advance our mutual interest and also benefit the world.
"Two, communicate directly, directly, that the United States would respond to actions that impair our vital interests or those of our allies.
"And three, to clearly lay out our country's priorities and our values, so he heard it straight from me," Biden said.
Both leaders agreed to allow their ambassadors back into both countries.