Inside Story

Can the US and Russia reset their relationship?

The first meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended with little agreement.

The presidents of the United States and Russia have acknowledged relations are at their lowest point since the Cold War.

The US-Russia one-day summit in Geneva was an opportunity to set out their differences.

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin exchanged highly choreographed handshakes and words of praise to each other.

They agreed to resume talks on nuclear arms control and return ambassadors to each other’s capitals.

But there was little agreement on other issues dividing the two nations, such as cybersecurity, the war in Ukraine and political repression in Russia.

So, have they missed the chance to reset their relationship?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida


Theresa Fallon – Director at the Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies

Pavel Felgenhauer – Defence and military analyst

Glenn Diesen – Professor of international relations at the University of Southeast Norway