Putin's Visa Suggestion Throws Biden Off Balance

03/11/2011 06:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. sat down for his meeting with Vladimir V. Putin this week, the Russian prime minister opened with a curveball.

Rather than reiterating the joint projects on the table -- cooperation on missile defense and Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization, among others -- Mr. Putin cheerily suggested a brand new idea: dropping visa requirements between Russia and the United States.

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