Meeting takes place at a time of political tension between the two countries
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, and his counterpart from Russia, Vladimir Putin, will meet on June 16 in Geneva, on the American leader’s first trip abroad, to participate in summits with partners in Europe.
The meeting was confirmed this Tuesday, 25, by the White House and the Kremlin and takes place at a time of high tension between the two countries, especially due to Russian interference in the electoral process in the United States, the cyber attack on federal agencies and companies American threats to Moscow’s threats against Ukraine and the crackdown on Alexei Navalny and his supporters.
“Leaders will discuss the full range of urgent matters as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the US-Russia relationship,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
For its part, the Kremlin said that Biden and Putin will discuss “issues of strategic stability”, as well as “the resolution of regional conflicts” and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Joe Biden will go to Geneva immediately after the summits with his western G7 allies, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European Union.
During the 2020 election campaign, Biden described Russia as the “greatest threat” to US security and alliances and belittled the friendly relationship between his predecessor Donald Trump and Putin.
In his first speech to diplomats and State Department officials, the President revealed that he had been tough on Putin in his first telephone conversation.
“It was clear to President Putin, in a very different way from my predecessor, that the days of the United States are unperturbed by Russia’s aggressive actions – interfering in our election, cyber-attacks, poisoning our citizens – are over,” said Biden.
His government expelled diplomats and imposed sanctions on several personalities close to Putin and Russian institutions for their involvement in security issues in the United States.