Washington and Moscow agreed Wednesday to return their ambassadors to their posts after the US and Russia withdrew their envoys in recent months, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
The agreement was reached during the long-awaited meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, held in Geneva.
While White House officials previously said they expected the meetings would take close to four hours, the summit meetings finished earlier.
The US and Russia also adopted a joint declaration that will look at ways to prevent a nuclear war, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported after the meeting.
During his press conference, Putin sidestepped questions about why his political opponents continue to be jailed, killed and silenced.
As for cyberattacks on US companies and government institutions, Putin distanced himself and the Kremlin from any role. Instead, he accused the US-based hackers of being behind most of the world’s cyberattacks. However, the Russian president did not provide any evidence or proof to back his claim.
Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to Washington is expected to be back in the US by the end of June, according to Russia’s deputy foreign minister.
US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow earlier this year after the Kremlin recommended he leave for consultations with Biden administration officials.
The move came after Biden called Putin a killer, and both countries slapped one another with their own sanctions.