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is preparing, with help from aides and allies, for

’s tactics, including the Russian president’s fondness for strategic tardiness and surprise gifts, as

, former U.S. chief of protocol, recalled on Monday during an interview with

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Biden also is ready, during Wednesday’s summit in Geneva, for Putin’s well-known habit of turning discussions of Russia's bad practices back on the United States, according to his aides. The two men last met in person a decade ago.

 

During an

that aired Friday and Monday, Putin denied ordering a hit on political rival

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