Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone during his lengthy, rambling press conference following nearly four hours of talks with President Joe Biden in Geneva on Wednesday.
Asked whether the meeting had helped build trust between the leaders, Putin turned philosophical.
“There’s no happiness in life,” Putin said. “There’s only a mirage on the horizon, so we’ll cherish that.”
He added, “but I believe there’s a spark of hope” in Biden’s eyes.
The Russian leader told reporters it was “difficult to say” whether the meeting would change relations between the two countries and blamed the US for the adversarial nature of the ties. But Putin called Biden a “balanced and professional man” and said their discussions were “productive.”