The presidents of the US and Russia have praised their talks in Geneva but have made little concrete progress.
US President Joe Biden said disagreements were stated and he said Russia did not want a new Cold War. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mr Biden was an experienced statesman and the two “spoke the same language”.
The talks lasted for just three hours, much less time than had been scheduled. Both parties agreed they did not need to spend more time talking and there was now a genuine prospect to improve relations between the two superpowers.
The Presidents agreed to begin a meaningful dialogue on nuclear arms control. They also said they would return ambassadors to each other’s capitals – the envoys were mutually withdrawn for consultations in March, after the US accused Russia of meddling in the 2020 presidential election.
But despite some harmony, there was little sign of agreement on other issues, including cyber-security, Ukraine – and the fate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence in prison.
The date of a future meeting between the two leaders is to be announced.