Discussed Arctic, Syria, Iran and human rights with Putin: Biden

Geneva : US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the host of issues he discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting here included Syria, Iran the Arctic and human rights among others.

Biden added that he also discussed with Putin efforts to prevent the resurgence of terrorism in Afghanistan.
Regarding human rights, Biden said that this issue is always going to be on the table as a topic of discussion.

“Human rights is going to always be on the table, I told him. It’s not about just going after Russia when they violate human rights, it’s about who we are. How could I be the President of the United States of America and not speak out against the violation of rights,” Biden said.

Speaking to reporters, Biden expressed optimism about the prospects for a new major nuclear agreement with Russia as both countries succeeded in reaching such deals even during the height of the Cold War.

“We have an agreement to work on a major arms control agreement. I started working on arms control agreements back all the way during the Cold War. If we could do one in the Cold War, why couldn’t we do one now? We’ll see. We will see whether or not that happens,” Biden said.