U.S. President Joe Biden left the venue where he held a press conference after concluding a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.
READ MORE: U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have ended their summit in Geneva, chosen as a location for the talks for its history of political neutrality.
According to a White House official, the summit ended at 5.05 pm CEST Wednesday when the P+5 expanded bilateral between the two delegations concluded. The session was concluded after one bilateral meeting, according to the official, not two as was previously scheduled.
Biden and Putin are scheduled to hold separate, solo news conferences later Wednesday.
Before their meetings, the leaders thanked each other during the brief, and chaotic press opportunity at the beginning of their meeting where American and Russian media jostled each other.
“Mr. President, I’d like to thank you for your initiative to meet today. I know that you’ve been on a long journey,” said Putin via an interpreter. “The U.S. and Russian relations have a lot of issues accumulated that require the highest-level meeting. And I hope that our meeting will be productive,” he added.
Biden responded in kind. “Thank you,” Biden said. “As I said outside, I think it’s always better to meet face to face.”