Lake Geneva Welcomes The Biden-Putin Summit

Published June 17th, 2021 - 04:04 GMT

The US and Russian presidents shook hands and smiled as they went in for talks at a plush 18th-century villa in the Swiss city of Geneva.

However, though both sides said the tone of the meeting had been positive and constructive, the feeling was that it had been workmanlike rather than chummy.

Biden had flown into Geneva the evening before and spent the night at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel.

Putin jetted in just before the summit, his motorcade whisking him straight to the sumptuous La Grange venue.

The even-handedness stretched to the layout of flags outside the entrance for when Putin and Biden flanked Swiss President Guy Parmelin for a photograph before the two guests headed in for talks.

Putin, Biden shook hands for less than four seconds, exchanged a few words, and smiled before heading inside.

They were seated on either side of a globe of the world, with their respective flags behind them.

Journalists were invited in to witness their opening remarks, but all decorum went out the window as the reporters charged into the room.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shake hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

A journalist takes a picture of the screen displayed in the press room showing US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva

A journalist takes a picture of the screen displayed in the press room showing US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP

US president Joe Biden waves as he leaves for the airport after his press conference at the end of the US-Russia summit in Geneva

US president Joe Biden waves as he leaves for the airport after his press conference at the end of the US-Russia summit in Geneva on June 16, 2021. PETER KLAUNZER / POOL / AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the 'Villa la Grange' after his meeting with U.S President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the 'Villa la Grange' after his meeting with U.S President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko / POOL / AFP

Protesters holds a banner against US and Russian Presidents during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange

Protesters holds a banner against US and Russian Presidents during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. PIERRE ALBOUY / AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after meeting with US President in Geneva

Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after meeting with US President in Geneva on June 16, 2021. DENIS BALIBOUSE / POOL / AFP

US President Joe Biden holds a press conference after the US-Russia summit in Geneva

US President Joe Biden holds a press conference after the US-Russia summit in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP

Russians and US flags are seen on the Mont-Blanc bridge on June 16, 2021 in Geneva ahead of the summit between Russian leader and US President

Russians and US flags are seen on the Mont-Blanc bridge on June 16, 2021 in Geneva ahead of the summit between Russian leader and US President. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shake hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva
A journalist takes a picture of the screen displayed in the press room showing US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva
US president Joe Biden waves as he leaves for the airport after his press conference at the end of the US-Russia summit in Geneva
Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the 'Villa la Grange' after his meeting with U.S President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva
Protesters holds a banner against US and Russian Presidents during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva
Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after meeting with US President in Geneva
US President Joe Biden holds a press conference after the US-Russia summit in Geneva
Russians and US flags are seen on the Mont-Blanc bridge on June 16, 2021 in Geneva ahead of the summit between Russian leader and US President
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shake hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
A journalist takes a picture of the screen displayed in the press room showing US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva
A journalist takes a picture of the screen displayed in the press room showing US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP
US president Joe Biden waves as he leaves for the airport after his press conference at the end of the US-Russia summit in Geneva
US president Joe Biden waves as he leaves for the airport after his press conference at the end of the US-Russia summit in Geneva on June 16, 2021. PETER KLAUNZER / POOL / AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the 'Villa la Grange' after his meeting with U.S President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva
Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the 'Villa la Grange' after his meeting with U.S President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko / POOL / AFP
Protesters holds a banner against US and Russian Presidents during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange
Protesters holds a banner against US and Russian Presidents during the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. PIERRE ALBOUY / AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after meeting with US President in Geneva
Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after meeting with US President in Geneva on June 16, 2021. DENIS BALIBOUSE / POOL / AFP
US President Joe Biden holds a press conference after the US-Russia summit in Geneva
US President Joe Biden holds a press conference after the US-Russia summit in Geneva on June 16, 2021. Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP
Russians and US flags are seen on the Mont-Blanc bridge on June 16, 2021 in Geneva ahead of the summit between Russian leader and US President
Russians and US flags are seen on the Mont-Blanc bridge on June 16, 2021 in Geneva ahead of the summit between Russian leader and US President. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP