Biden, Putin to meet in Geneva on June 16

Biden has previously said he wants Putin to stop trying to influence US elections

Reuters May 25, 2021
Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Joe Biden in 2011 during their meeting in Moscow. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva on June 16, the White House said on Tuesday.

"The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the US-Russia relationship," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

Biden has previously said he wants Putin to stop trying to influence US elections, stop cyberattacks on US networks emanating from Russia, stop threatening Ukraine’s sovereignty and release jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that the US and Russia are lowering expectations for big breakthroughs at the superpower summit, with the two countries in no mood to make concessions on their bitter disagreements. 

The White House has also been wary of describing Biden as seeking a "reset" in relations with Putin and US officials see a face-to-face as an opportunity to rebalance the relationship away from what they see as former President Donald Trump's fawning overtures to Putin.

Russian officials told Reuters they see the summit as an opportunity to hear from Biden directly after what a source close to the Russian government said were mixed messages from the new US administration.

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