Biden-Putin’s first face-to-face meeting: US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are going to meet for the first time next month. The White House reported on 25 May that the meeting would be held in Switzerland. During this time, the Biden administration and the Kremlin will complete preparations for this meeting.
This meeting to be held in Geneva on 16 June will be important because the situation between the US and Russia has not improved. The meeting is scheduled at the end of Biden’s first international tour.
Biden-Putin’s: The White House said in a statement that ‘the two leaders will hold talks on a range of issues and will work to re-establish stability in the US-Russia relationship’.
At the same time, the Kremlin said, “We will discuss the status of Russia-US relations and prospects for further development, issues of strategic stability, issues of international agenda, fight against the Corona epidemic and regional disputes.”
Biden will raise the issue of Ukraine and Belarus
Preparations have begun for Biden and Putin’s first face-to-face meeting. Biden’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan has been to Geneva this week and will meet his Russian counterpart there.
White House press secretary Jane Saki said that during the meeting, Biden will raise the issue of Ukraine and Belarus.
“President Biden will also raise America’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the Belarus issue and the serious concerns he has been publicly expressing.”
The idea of meeting was given by Biden in a phone call with Putin in April.
The timing of the meeting is important because the Biden administration is criticizing the arrest of Putin’s opposition Alexei Navalny in Russia and Alexander Lukashenko’s rule in Belarus. There has been a demonstration against Lukashenko for a year, but he has the support of his close Russians.