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Joe Biden lands in Geneva for Putin summit after meeting with EU leaders

US President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday afternoon for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels. Biden’s highly anticipated talks with Putin will take place on Wednesday and are expected to run at least four hours.

Biden, wearing his usual aviator sunglasses, stepped off Air Force One and and took his time greeting guests on the tarmac. He was then driven in a motorcade to a luxury hotel.

Earlier on Tuesday in Brussels, Biden and European Union leaders settled a disagreement over how much each subsidizes its aircraft manufacturers – Boeing in the US and Airbus in the EU. The resolution put an end to a trade dispute that lasted 17 years.

‘Both the US and EU agreed to suspend our tariffs for five years, and we committed to ensuring a level playing field for our companies and our workers,’ Biden said in a statement issued as he flew on Air Force One to Switzerland.

‘Significantly, we also agreed to work together to challenge and counter China’s non-market practices in this sector that give China’s companies an unfair advantage.’

Biden called the agreement a ‘major breakthrough’ and said it was ‘a model we can build on for other challenges posed by China’s economic model’.

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