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

Putin's Visa Suggestion Throws Biden Off Balance

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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