Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden have completed their talks in private in Geneva. The meeting began at Villa La Grange at 13:36 local time, according to TASS.

“The private [talks] are concluded,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS. 

This part of the talks was initially scheduled to take up one hour and 15 minutes, but it lasted almost two hours, finishing at 15:19 local time.

At the beginning of the talks, Putin voiced hope that the meeting with his US counterpart would be productive. He thanked Biden for the initiative to organize such a summit. The American leader, in turn, said that he would seek to discuss areas of potential cooperation and disagreements. He also noted, “it is always better to meet face to face.”