New York (DocLadet): Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Zaki announced on Tuesday that Biden and Putin would meet in the Swiss city of Geneva on June 16.
– Leaders should discuss all pressing topics. The White House said in a statement that it wants to re-establish foresight and stability in US-Russia relations.
“We plan to discuss the current situation and the possibilities for the development of Russia-US relations, issues of strategic stability and topics on the international agenda, including the fight against the epidemic and resolution of regional conflicts,” the Kremlin said in a statement. CNN.
The meeting will be part of Biden’s first foreign trip. On June 14, he will attend the NATO summit in Brussels.
But not everyone thinks it is right to meet Putin. Republican Senator Ben Chasse is a fierce critic.
– Are we rewarding Putin with a summit? Putin Alexei Navalny was imprisoned, And his puppet Alexander Lukashenko was abducted A plane to capture the Roman Protestant. Instead of treating Putin like a thug who fears for his own people, we justify his actions by giving him the most valuable Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and a summit. It’s weak, writes Ben Sauce in one Report.
“I wonder if Putin will come up with a birthday cake with the multi-billion dollar gift that Biden gave him by lifting sanctions on Nort Stream 2,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz wrote. Twitter.
Former world chess champion and Putin critic Jerry Kasparov is also highly critical.
– The only value of the meeting is that it provides an opportunity to show that Putin is still the biggest boss, and is equally welcomed by the world’s top democratic leaders. If they know from experience that Putin’s behavior will get worse, what will happen to the United States or Biden? Kasparov writes Twitter.
– How diplomacy works
Sackie was asked about the criticism during a press conference at the White House.
– How diplomacy works. We don’t just meet people when we agree. Zaki says it is really important to meet with leaders when there are many differences, as with Russian leaders.
The meeting is expected to be less friendly than the one between Putin and then-President Donald Trump in Helsinki in July 2018. Mountain.
US intelligence has determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, but in a meeting with Putin, Trump publicly said he doubted this.
You have met before
This is the first meeting he has had since becoming president. He met with Putin twice before when he was Barack Obama’s vice president.
“I do not think you have a soul,” Biden told Putin during a meeting in 2011 CNN.
In March of this year, Biden described Putin as a “killer” and the Russian president as “paying a price” for his efforts to sabotage the US election in 2020. Russia has responded by recalling its US ambassador for the first time in 20 years. Year.
The situation in Ukraine and Russia’s involvement in the US elections – according to US intelligence by 2020 – have created a bad relationship between Russia and the United States. Biden now hopes to create a clear communication channel with Putin to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Putin has so far signaled that he is prepared to do so, even as the United States introduces new sanctions to punish Russia for electoral influence and for participating in a massive hacker attack on US government institutions.