There are positive signs for an improvement in relations between Russia and the United States.
Expectations were low, but those low expectations were met. The restoring of ambassadors back to their posts will allow officials to hail it a success.
Other than clearing that hurdle, nothing concrete has been announced, but Mr Putin had warm words for his US counterpart, noting his level of moral values.
There were some brilliant questions. Mr Putin does not subject himself to press conferences like this back home, so reporters had a free pass to hold him to account on foreign soil.
His replies were classic Putin - turning the issues back on America.
Human rights? Guantanamo
Demonstrations? George Floyd protests.
Stable foreign policy? US has withdrawn from a number of treaties.
Cyber attacks? They come from America.
It may be that it is the spectacle rather than the substance that these talks are remembered for. Joe Biden is flexing his muscles on the world stage, while Mr Putin is positioning himself as a leader who is willing to engage with his adversaries.