Putin surprisingly arrives on time for meeting with Biden
Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden DENIS BALIBOUSE / POOL / AFP via Getty Images
President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin officially opened their summit in Geneva - and surprisingly, Putin was actually on time.
Putin arrived "almost on time" for his meeting with Biden at 1:04 pm. Local time in Geneva on Wednesday, reports the Washington Post. The timing caught the experts' attention as Putin, as former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul noted, "has a habit of showing up late for meetings".
For example, the Russian President was 45 minutes late when he met former President Donald Trump in Helsinki in 2018, and he was also three hours late for a meeting with then Foreign Secretary John Kerry in 2013 and over four hours late for a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2014, reports the Post.
ABC News’s Jonathan Karl noted the timing of Putin's arrival on Wednesday and stated, "I cannot tell you how many incidents I have gone to between the Americans and the Russians that Putin made Americans wait for a power play." But Karl referred to Putin's punctual arrival at the summit as “a sign” that he “wants to lower the temperature in this conflict”.
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