White House wants a confrontation between Biden and Putin at the G20: AVOID West wing trying to stop a confrontation next month with Russian leader President called a war criminal in Bali
- Biden plans to attend G20 summit shortly after election next month
- He recently told CNN that he had ‘no intention’ to meet Putin
- He kept open the possibility to talk about the release of Brittney Griner
- US officials have ‘ruled out’ a meeting and are acting to avoid chance encounters
- Putin said Friday it was ‘no need’ to meet Biden and his own presence was ‘not final’
The Biden administration is ruling out a face-to-face meeting between the president and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 summit, as Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine continues to drive the countries apart.
The government has never discussed the chance of a meeting, even after Putin, who has called Biden a “war criminal,” indicated he intended to attend.
Biden last week kept alive the possibility of a narrow-minded conversation, in comments that made it clear he had no intention of opening a wider discussion about the war, following Putin’s repeated remarks about the attack on the US and the relentless bombing of civilians. in Ukraine.
The government is working to prevent even a “sideline” meeting between the president and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G20 summit in Bali, as Russia’s war on Ukraine rages on.
“Look, I’m not going to meet him, but look, if he came up to me at the G20 and said, ‘I want to talk about the release of [detained American Brittney] Griner, “I would meet him, but that would depend,” Biden said.
Now officials go so far as to say they want to discourage even an informal “side meeting” with Putin. Politics reported.
US officials have “ruled out” a formal meeting with Putin and are “taking steps” to ensure they don’t bump into each other in a hallway or take the typical “family photo.”
Putin himself sounded bearish about the odds as his military unleashed a wave of drone and missile attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine, which was repeatedly condemned by the West.
The Russian leader said Friday that it was “not necessary” to meet Biden and that his own presence was “not final”.
The two men met in a Geneva villa in June at the beginning of Biden’s presidency
Biden has called Putin a “murderous dictator” as well as a “pure thug” and a “murderer” but previously kept alive the opportunity to talk to him about the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner
Indonesia announced Putin’s plans to attend
Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, whose country is not a member of the G20, said he would attend if Putin did.
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Biden is likely already meeting one dictator he has called a top US competitor: China’s Xi Jinping, who will secure a third term at the Chinese Communist Party’s National Congress in Beijing after a decade in Beijing. current.
Biden said last month that he was open to meeting Xi. The two men spoke by phone in March, when the president warned Beijing that there would be repercussions if it supported the Russian invasion, and again in July.
Biden has called Putin a “murderous dictator,” as well as a “pure criminal” and a “murderer.”
Biden hasn’t put many miles on his last personal encounter with an autocratic ruler. He took political blows last summer for his “fist thrust” with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, but the Saudis outraged the government when OPEC+ voted to cut oil production — a move that will help Putin fund his war and lower oil prices weeks before the American elections.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, whose country is hosting the summit, invited Putin and traveled to Moscow in June to deliver the invitation in person.
At the urging of the US and other leaders, Ukrainian President Volodymr also invited Zelensky, whose nation is not a member. Zelensky said he would be there if Putin does.