This could have been a feisty exchange between two adversaries. But the summit was a calm affair, with each side hoping their hostile relationship could be ratcheted down a notch or two.
When Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva, what will they learn from their predecessors more than 30 years ago?
The Biden-Putin summit will be symbolic, rather than substantive - but there could be grounds for cautious optimism.
When announcing financial penalties on Russia earlier this year, Biden hinted at the prospect of 'further' sanctions. An energy scholar explains what Biden may have meant.
Some tension was inevitable at the June 16 US-Russia summit. But Vladimir Putin's defiant support for Belarus's rogue regime now pits him harder against the West.
Chelsea and Manchester City have similar goals on and off the pitch.
Questions remain as to Moscow's part in the incident.
Belarus' leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has gone to extraordinary measures to cling to power. Last weekend, this included the state-sanctioned hijacking of a passenger plane.
There's not much the world can do to stop authoritarian rulers from persecuting their political opponents, as shown by the standoff over Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is ill and imprisoned.
The Russian opposition leader remains in prison, but has now ended his hunger strike.
Tensions are high, but a Russian invasion is highly unlikely.
The new US administration has talked about setting up an alliance of democracies. For the time being, the project seems vague. Yet such an alliance is necessary.
And there's not too much the rest of the world can do to stop them.
Both Russia and China are signalling they will only deal with the West where and when it suits them. They are also increasingly comfortable working together as close partners.
Can the arrival of a new administration in Washington and the demonstrations in Moscow demanding the release of Alexei Navalny destabilize the strongman of Moscow?
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has proved himself to be a master at summoning citizens to protest government abuses. The very words he chooses to use are part of his power.
There were messages for friend and foe alike, but Biden was strangely silent on Brexit.
Once again allegations have surfaced that the former US president was a Russian 'asset'. Maybe so, but that doesn't mean he was their agent.
Navalny's jailing could galvanise Russians who want a government no longer characterised by post-imperial nostalgia and a paranoid, siege mentality that constantly fears the West.