Biden says he hopes to meet Putin on his trip to Europe in July in what would be their first face-to-face conversation since the US imposed more sanctions.
- “We’re working on it,” Biden said when asked about plans for a meeting
- He has already met G7 leaders in Cornwall, plus NATO countries in Brussels
- The US subsequently imposed sanctions on Russians in April
President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that his staff is in the process of organizing a personal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin around his planned trip to Europe.
Biden will meet with G7 group leaders in Cornwall, England, June 11-13, followed by a stop in Brussels for the annual NATO summit on June 14.
‘That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it, ” Biden said after commenting on encouraging people to get the coronavirus vaccine when asked to meet with Putin.
President Joe Biden said his “hope and expectation” is that he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on an upcoming trip to Europe – although aides have not yet arranged a summit.
Until Monday, his assistants dodged questions about specific meeting plans.
Biden’s meeting with Putin, who would be his first as president, came at a tense time.
His government last month imposed sanctions on a number of Russian figures and entities after completing a comprehensive review of Russian activities, from interference in elections to the SolarWinds hack.
We’re working on it, ”Biden said, when asked about a meeting with Putin on Tuesday
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they hold joint press conference after meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018
The US imposed sanctions on Russians in response to the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny
This handout photo, taken from a video released by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Friday, April 23, 2021, shows Russian troops boarding landing craft after exercises in Crimea. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Thursday ordered troops to return to their permanent bases after a massive military buildup that worried Ukrainian and Western concerns.
The sanctions were in response to “Russia’s harmful foreign activities,” the White House said. The government also admitted that it did not have great confidence in another allegation, namely that Russia was giving bounties to US troops serving in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the US sanctioned Russians and entities for poisoning opposition leader Alexei Navalny with the nerve agent novichock.
US and Russian officials have been working on a possible meeting in a third country.
Biden’s predecessor was haunted throughout his presidency by an investigation of connections between his campaigners and Russia, and held an infamous summit with Putin in Helsinki. Trump faced a backlash at the time for appearing to accept Putin’s denial of interference in the 2016 presidential election.