US President Joe Biden on May 4 said that it is his “hope and expectation” to hold a summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during the Europe trip scheduled in June.
In April, Biden had offered Putin a meeting in a third nation in order to discuss the escalating tensions between both US and Russia over Moscow’s developments regarding Ukraine, treatment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and other breaking points. Even though the summit has not yet been confirmed, Putin advisor Yury Ushakov has said that the planning is ongoing.
While replying to a question by the reporter about his meeting with the Russian President, Joe Biden said, “That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it.”
The US President has a packed schedule ahead of him starting with the Group of Seven nations (G7) summit in Britain in mid-June followed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and European Union (EU) summits in Brussels. As per reports, this would further open the door to the logistics of a separate meeting with Vladimir Putin. Austria and Finland have expressed their willingness in hosting the summit.
The talks about the US-Russia summit came as Washington, just last month, expelled 10 Russian diplomats over Moscow’s ‘large-scale cyberattack’ on America’s computer systems and interference in the 2020 presidential election. This was followed by Russia’s tit-for-tat expulsions.
Biden spoke with Putin
Following the announcement of sanctions against Russia as the US ramps up its response to US Election 2020 interference and massive cyberattack, Biden said that the US and Russia are discussing the possibility of a meeting to address the issues between both countries.