US Vice President George H.W. Bush, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev pose for a photo on Governors Island in New York in 1988.
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When US presidents met Russian leaders

Updated 11:54 AM ET, Wed June 16, 2021

US Vice President George H.W. Bush, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev pose for a photo on Governors Island in New York in 1988.
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US President Joe Biden met face to face with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a summit in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.

The two had met before, but this was their first encounter since Biden was elected President. They were expected to discuss a wide range of issues as Biden wrapped up his first international trip.

US and Russian leaders have met many times over the past century — sometimes as allies, sometimes as adversaries — and the affairs are always highly anticipated.