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Putin swaggers toward summit with Biden as an old hand at dueling with the West

June 15, 2021 at 8:47 a.m. EDT

The main point of the face-to-face for Putin, analysts said, is to express Moscow’s red lines while also reestablishing more typical dialogue with Washington after a tense first six months under the Biden administration.

“Maybe the most important thing is to make the relations more pragmatic,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, head of a think tank called R.Politik. “I don’t think the Kremlin is really counting on having some important progress during the summit, but much more important will be what happens after the summit. The Kremlin would like to create some mechanisms to interact.”

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