Image copyright AFP Image caption US President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself shaking hands with former Vice President Biden
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told US Vice President Joe Biden that he would like to meet him, but that “sometimes it’s difficult to meet people when they say outrageous things”.
During a meeting with Mr Biden, Mr Putin also complained that Russia is being “demonised” at the UN and in the United States, according to US officials.
President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of himself and Mr Biden shaking hands on Wednesday.
Mr Trump is refusing to condemn neo-Nazis after violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.
Mr Biden recently criticised Donald Trump, who once called him a “faker” with “bad judgement”, as not being good for the country.
Mr Putin had reportedly complained to Mr Biden that his statements were “not very helpful”.
“Vladimir Putin had a brief meeting with Joe Biden, who is here to meet senior members of his administration at the Russian Embassy,” NBC News quoted an official as saying.
The Kremlin said the meeting had been arranged two days before.
The two men have not met since Mr Biden travelled to Moscow for the funeral of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin.