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Biden, Putin end their summit meeting


(AP) -- U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have concluded their summit with an agreement to return their nations' ambassadors to their posts and a plan to begin negotiations to replace the countries' last remaining treaty limiting nuclear weapons.

But the two leaders offered starkly different views Wednesday over rising concerns about cybersecurity and ransomware attacks originating from Russia.

Both leaders, who have stirred escalating tension since Biden took office in January, suggested that while an enormous chasm between the two nations remains that the talks were constructive.

Putin has described the tone of the talks with U.S. President Joe Biden as "constructive" and said there was no hostility during the talks.

His remarks came at a news conference Wednesday after he and Biden met in Geneva for a high-stakes summit amid tensions between the West and the Kremlin.

Putin said: "Our assessment of many issues differ, but in my view both sides demonstrated the desire to understand each other and looks for ways to get closer."

He called the talks with Biden "rather constructive."

Additionally, Putin says he and U.S. President Joe Biden have agreed to return their ambassadors to their posts in a bid to lower tensions.

Putin made the announcement at a news conference following a summit on Wednesday with Biden in Geneva.

The return of ambassadors follows a diplomatic tug-of-war that saw deep cuts in diplomatic personnel.

Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, was recalled from Washington about three months ago after Biden described Putin as a killer.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow almost two months ago after Russia suggested he return to Washington for consultations.

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