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Biden discusses imperiled Syrian aid at high-stakes Putin summit

The two leaders met ahead of a looming UN Security Council deadline to renew a massive cross-border aid operation that Russia is intent on shutting down.
US President Joe Biden (R) talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Humanitarian assistance to Syria was among the issues President Joe Biden said he discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their highly anticipated summit on Wednesday, as pressure builds on Moscow to greenlight a cross-border aid operation described as a lifeline for millions of Syrians.

The two leaders addressed “the urgent need to preserve and reopen the humanitarian corridors in Syria,” Biden said during a press conference in Geneva that followed his first face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart since taking office.

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