Around midday on Wednesday 16 June 2021, Vladimir Putin landed at Geneva Airport, according to RTS.
Swiss president Guy Parmelin stood between the two presidents outside the villa La Grange and welcomed them to Geneva, which he referred to as a city of peace. After the introduction the two presidents shook hands and entered the villa – a video of the event posted by RTS can be viewed on its website.
The last time Geneva hosted a meeting of the presidents of the US and Russia, then the Soviet Union, was on 19 and 20 November 1985. Geneva hosted a meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev the US and Russian leaders at the time. This meeting took place at the villa Fleur-d’Eau in Versoix in Geneva at the height of the cold war. Discussions on diplomatic relations and nuclear arms took place over two days.
The day before on Tuesday 15 June 2021, US president Joe Biden met with Swiss president Guy Parmelin and Ignazio Cassis, Switzerland’s foreign minister at the Intercontinental hotel in Geneva.