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The US-Russia Summit: What Did Biden And Putin Achieve?

Today on Midday, it’s Midday on Foreign Affairs.

We begin with a perspective on what was achieved during last week’s summit in Geneva between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tom’s guest is Melvin Goodman. He served for 42 years in government service, including positions at the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the National War College. Today he’s a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Melvin Goodman joins Tom on Zoom from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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