Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin’s summit: Live updates as US and Russia meet in Geneva

The summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin is well underway.

I can’t imagine many of you back in Australia are nerdy enough to be following this live, given the lateness of the hour. So whether you’re reading our blog now or catching up over a morning coffee, welcome.

The main event for us will be the two leaders’ media conferences, which will take place after their meeting has concluded. That’s when we’ll learn how the two sides think things went.

Those press conferences are not expected to happen until after 6pm local time, which is 2am in Sydney.

Mr Biden and Mr Putin started with a 93-minute meeting, joined only by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and translators.

They then broke for 45 minutes before commencing a second meeting, this time involving more advisers. That is still happening as I write this.

Below you’ll find some images from the moment Mr Biden and Mr Putin met, shaking hands at the entrance to Villa La Grange. Photographers were also briefly let inside the room where their meeting took place.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing from the body language experts soon enough.

An interesting titbit from Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs. As the two leaders posed for pictures outside, she shouted a question to Mr Putin: “Why do you fear Navalny so much?”

“Putin heard me and didn’t answer. Biden flashed me a big toothy grin,” Jacobs said.

Alexei Navalny is the Russian opposition leader. He was arrested and imprisoned by the government earlier this year, having previously been poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

The summit is happening at Villa La Grange, which looks like it would be a wonderfully grand holiday location. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
The summit is happening at Villa La Grange, which looks like it would be a wonderfully grand holiday location. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
The moment they shook hands. Picture: Brendan Smialowski/AFP
The moment they shook hands. Picture: Brendan Smialowski/AFP
They also exchanged (brief) pleasantries. Picture: Saul Loeb/AFP
They also exchanged (brief) pleasantries. Picture: Saul Loeb/AFP
Two rather different types of smiles. Picture: Brendan Smialowski/AFP
Two rather different types of smiles. Picture: Brendan Smialowski/AFP
Inside, they posed for another awkward set of photos. Picture: Denis Balibouse/AFP
Inside, they posed for another awkward set of photos. Picture: Denis Balibouse/AFP
Biden speaks. Putin pretends to be interested. Picture: Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/AFP
Biden speaks. Putin pretends to be interested. Picture: Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/AFP

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