US President Joe Biden will hold a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Europe in June.
“That’s my hope and expectation,” Biden said.
April President proposes a meeting in a third country to discuss Russia’s saber rattle around Ukraine, the treatment of imprisoned Putin opponent Alexei Navalny, and other heightened tensions over Flashpoint did.
The summit has not been confirmed, but Putin’s adviser Yuri Ushakov said the plan was underway.
Biden will attend the G7 Summit in the United Kingdom in mid-June, followed by the NATO and EU Summits in Brussels. This opens the door to the logistics of another Putin conference.
Austria and Finland are interested in hosting the summit.
In April, Washington expelled 10 Russian diplomats for Russia’s massive cyberattack on US computer systems and its interference with the 2020 presidential election. Moscow responded with the expulsion of Tit for tat.
However, the Biden administration wants to stabilize relations, emphasizing that Washington and Moscow need to work together in key areas such as nuclear weapons and the climate crisis.