Reporters from the United States and Russia were today at the center of tense moments when they tried to enter the library at Vila La Grange, in Geneva, to watch the beginning of the summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.
Outside the mansion, there were scenes of shouting and shoving, shortly after the two leaders shook hands and entered the building, said journalists from both countries cited by the news agency Efe.
Members of Biden’s pool, the group of reporters who monitor the President’s activities, explained that the tension began at a side entrance, when American and Russian reporters rushed into the mansion and were stopped by officials and security agents. US and Russian security.
US journalists were asked several times to line up separately, but the instructions were not followed and they started shouting and pushing to get in, while a Swiss official called for calm, added Efe.
The turmoil continued when White House officials tried to put American journalists and photographers inside the building, arguing that the US and Russia had reached an agreement on the number of reporters who would be allowed access to the large library where the summit.
Biden and Putin issued the first statements when numerous journalists were still outside the room. In the end, only nine of the 13 reporters who include Biden’s pool managed to gain access to the room.
According to CNN White House chief correspondent Kaitlan Collins, inside some journalists stood in front of the cameras and others began to speak as the two presidents tried to utter the first words, further increasing the tension between reporters.
For its part, the Russian channel Rossiya-24 blamed the situation of chaos on American journalists “in search of better positions”, for having tried to enter the building despite the fact that, according to the television network, journalists are not allowed access.
This source assured that only the photographers could access to take images during the opening statements of the two leaders.
After this bumpy start, journalists were pushed out of the room to start a summit behind closed doors.