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Biden-Putin Summit Scheduled For Next Month In Switzerland

The first face-to-face meeting between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place next month in Switzerland, the White House confirmed Tuesday. The Biden administration and the Kremlin are still in the process of finalizing the arrangements for the summit, but according to a statement released by the White House, President Biden will meet with President Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16th.

“The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship,” the statement reads in part.

In its own statement, the Kremlin said, “We intend to discuss the state and prospects of further development of Russian-American relations, problems of strategic stability, as well as topical issues on the international agenda, including interaction in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the settlement of regional conflicts.”

The long-anticipated meeting will come at the conclusion of President Biden’s first international trip since taking office in January. The President plans to address Ukraine and Belarus during the meeting, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

The meeting comes nearly three years after Putin met secretly with Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland. The officials said the meeting with President Biden will look “very different” from that July 2018 summit, during which Trump sided with Putin and openly dismissed US intelligence about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

While it’s to be the first meeting between the President and Putin since his inauguration, it won’t be their first encounter. President Biden previously met with Putin during his time as Vice President, including a 2011 meeting during which Biden said he looked into Putin’s eyes and declared: “I don’t think you have a soul.”

During an interview in March, President Biden called Putin a killer, saying that the Russian leader “will pay a price” for his efforts to undermine the 2020 US election. In response, the Kremlin recalled its ambassador to the US for the first time in more than 20 years. Putin responded to President Biden’s criticisms with a dry wish for “good health” and a proposal for a live televised debate.

President Biden would be meeting with Putin after the G7 summit in England and the NATO and European Union summits in Brussels in his first international trip since taking office.



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