Biden’s plan for Putin: Tough talk, modest hope, and loads of skepticism

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BRUSSELS — President Joe Biden is placing a big bet that he can do what his immediate predecessors couldn’t: forge a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin based on skepticism and stability.

Biden isn’t overly optimistic about what can be accomplished when the two world leaders get together on Wednesday. But according to interviews with six current and former administration officials, he plans to take a tough line with Putin while maybe even eliciting a concession or two from the Russian leader. Such benefits, his team

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