US President Joe Biden addressed today why his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended earlier than expected during his news conference following the meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
"We had covered so much," he said.
The summit, which was originally expected to last between four and five hours, wrapped up within three.
"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," Biden said.
Biden explained, "So, there was a summary done by him and by me of what we covered. Lavrov and Blinken talked about what we covered. We raised things that required more amplification or we made sure we did not have any misunderstandings. It was after two hours there, we looked at each other like, 'okay, what next?' What is going to happen next is we're going to be able to look back, look ahead in three to six months and say, did the things we agree to sit down and work out, did it work? Are we closer to a major strategic stability talks and progress? ... That's going to be the test. I am not sitting here saying because the President and I agreed 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 that I think there's a genuine prospect to significantly improve the relations between the two countries, without giving up anything on principles and values."
Biden also reiterated that "there were no threats" during the meeting. "Just simple assertions made... Just letting him know where I stood, what I thought we could accomplish together, and what, in fact, if there were violations of American sovereignty, what would we do," Biden said.