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Biden-Putin summit live updates: 'I'm always ready,' Biden says

Biden-Putin summit live updates: 'I'm always ready,' Biden says

When Putin meets Biden on Wednesday in Switzerland, experts in Moscow say for all their differences, the two leaders want something similar from their first summit: to cool things down.The U.S. and Russia’s relations are the worst they have been since the Cold War and since 2016 in particular seem locked in almost permanent crises.Biden has said he wants a more stable and predictable relationship with Russia, one that would allow it to focus on other foreign policy priorities that are more important to it, like taking a harder line with China. The Kremlin for its part has faced a continuous and intensifying barrage of sanctions– the latest in April– and with its crackdown on opposition at home and aggressive actions abroad is increasingly becoming a pariah with western countries.As President Joe Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, ABC News’ Ian Pannell takes a look at some of the key moments between the U.S. and Russia since Putin came to power in 2000.Since coming to office, Russia has appeared to want to get Biden’s attention. The president offered Putin the summit after Russia massed thousands of troops on Ukraine’s border in April.But now, having got Biden to the table, analysts said Putin has a clear proposal to deliver in Geneva: stay out of Russian domestic politics and Russia might act less troublesome abroad.”The Kremlin wants to transition to a respectful adversarial relationship from a disrespectful one we have today,” said Vladimir Frolov, a former diplomat at Russia’s embassy in Washington and now a commentator on foreign affairs.”That is, it wants to be treated the same way the Soviet Politburo was treated by the US in 1970-80s,” Frolov told ABC News. “Meaning no name-calling” — such as Biden calling Putin a “killer” — “no personal sanctions on the leadership, no democracy lectures, regular personal summit meetings; respectful tone of discussions, no tangible support for Russian opposition.”It will not be an invitation for détente but instead to return to the later years of the Cold War when Putin was a KGB agent and the Soviet Union and the U.S. saw each other as enemies but tried to maintain a predictable relationship. And, crucially, where Russia was treated as an equal.”For this, the Kremlin is prepared to promise to behave more responsibly,” Frolov said.”This seems to be in line with what the White House sees as a desirable deliverable,” he continued. “So unless one of the leaders stormed out of the meeting shouting expletives, the summit would be a major success.”-ABC News’ Patrick Reevell