Good Morning DC. "I hope that our meeting will be productive," says Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

Good Morning DC! 

The much-anticipated meeting between President Biden and President Putin is underway at 18th century Villa La Grange located in a park in Geneva.

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted each other as they arrived for their meeting.

“I hope that our meeting will be productive,” said Putin.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin wished Presiden Biden and Russian Presiden Putin “a fruitful meeting.”

Judging by the photo opportunity inside the room, the meeting was off to a tense start. Putin did not even want to pretend in front of the cameras that he likes Biden. Not one single smile has been shared between the two leaders. Stone cold, Putin was waiting for the photographers to snap and leave the room. 

This initial includes Blinken and Lavrov but it will expand later in the day to include aids and the summit will conclude with separate press conferences. 

The Senate will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. today. Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of the nomination of Radhika Fox to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Radhika Fox nomination. Following the vote, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Lydia Kay Griggsby, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

If cloture is invoked on either of the nominations, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations.

Together with the United States, North Macedonia, Albania, Lebanon, and Taiwan, Serbia has been placed on the EU green travel list. 

At this morning’s meeting in Brussels, ambassadors of EU Member States supported the position that Serbia has a “satisfactory epidemiological situation” which enables its citizens to travel to the EU Member States without restrictions.

The EU green list will come into effect on 18 June.

The newly released documentary NASRIN is available to watch on Hulu. It paints a powerful and often hard-to-watch portrait of an impressive Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights lawyer and political prisoner in Iran.

On June 4, the FDA approved the use of Wegovy (semaglutide) injections for weight loss. The injections are targeted at individuals with obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. The benefit of taking the injections? The possibility of losing up to 12% of body fat in 68 weeks but there are side effects. 

MacKenzie Scott donated $2.7 billion to 286 organizations working to address poverty, racial equity, and higher education.

And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, June 15, 2021. For all updates about Biden’s foreign trip, you can follow our coverage at www.thepavlovictoday.com . Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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