BREAKING NEWS: Biden will meet Vladimir Putin for a summit on June 16 in Switzerland to ‘restore stability’ – three months after he called the Russian president a ‘killer’
- The summit will be the first between the two men since Biden took office
- Follows tense relations over Russian hacking, election interference, Ukraine, and jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny
- Immediately follows Bidens planned trip to the U.S. for G7 meeting and visit to Brussels to meet with NATO leaders
‘President Biden will meet with President Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2021,’ The White House said in a brief statement.
‘The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship’.
President Joe Biden will meet President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, for a summit on June 16
The White House for weeks has refused to confirm the details of a potential summit meeting the two leaders discussed in a phone call.
It will follow Biden’s planned trip to the United Kingdom for the annual meeting of G7 nations – a group that once included Russia, as well as a trip to Brussels to meet with NATO allies.
The administration has touted the summit as an opportunity to attempt to normalize relations with Russia, after a series of Russian ‘malign’ activities that run counter to U.S. interests.
WE MEET AGAIN: The meeting will come on Biden’s first foreign trip as president, and after he meets G7 and NATO allies. In this March 10, 2011, file photo, then Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow
Biden sparkws an uproar in March when he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Putin was a ‘killer.’ The move infuriated Russia, and Putin responded by wishing him ‘good health’
Among the top areas the administration has identified are Russian election interference in 2016 and 2020, Russia’s posture toward Ukraine following the 2014 invasion of Crimea, and Russia’s imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The U.S. has repeatedly slapped sanctions on Russia in an effort to counter its activities. Russia has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and blamed the West for the poor state of relations.
Biden’s one-on-one with Putin follows a series of summit meetings between Putin and former President Donald Trump, who repeatedly called for better relations with Moscow.
Biden, a former vice president and former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has met Putin previously.
He helped spark an uproar in March when he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Putin was a ‘killer.’
The move infuriated Russia, and Putin responded by wishing him ‘good health.’
Putin responded with a variation of ‘sticks and stones.’
‘When I was a child, when we argued in the courtyard, we said the following: “If you call someone names, that’s really your name,:’ he said. ‘When we characterize other people, or even when we characterize other states, other people, it is always as though we are looking in the mirror.’
The ABC host had asked Biden if he thought Putin was a killer. ‘Mmm hmm, I do,’ he responded.