Biden and Putin Face Off: “Not since Kennedy and Khrushchev squared off over Berlin and Cuba have an American president and Russian leader gone eyeball to eyeball in such a dramatic fashion”

From a New York Times story by Peter Baker headlined “Biden and Putin, Children of the Cold War, Face Off in New Conflict”:

As President Biden tells the story, he was blunt with Vladimir V. Putin during a meeting in Moscow more than a decade ago. “I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul,” Mr. Biden recalled telling the K.G.B. veteran. Mr. Putin smiled. “We understand one another,” he said.