Biden to Meet Putin for Geneva Summit
Joe Biden is going to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin next month in Geneva, a face-to-face meeting between the two presidents that is coming amid tension relationships between the U.S. and the Russian Federation in the first months of the Biden administration.
The two presidents' planned meeting which is set for June 16 is dated to the end of Biden's first international trip as president next month when he visits Britain for a meeting of Group of Seven leaders and Brussels for the NATO summit.
The first time when Biden proposed a summit in a call with Putin was in April as his administration prepared to slap sanctions on Russian officials for the second time during the first three months of his presidency.
White House officials said earlier they were ironing out details for the summit. National security adviser Jake Sullivan discussed details of the meeting when he met with his Russian counterpart, Nikolay Patrushev.
The White House has continually claimed that it wants to achieve a “stable and predictable" relationship with the Russians, while also calling out Putin on allegations that the Russians tampered in last year's U.S. presidential election and that the Kremlin was behind a hacking campaign.
The Biden administration has also criticized Russia for the arrest of Alexei Navalny who is a leader of opposition.
Last month, the administration announced it was expelling 10 Russian diplomats and sanctioning dozens of Russia companies and individuals in response to the SolarWinds hack and election interference allegations.
But even as Biden levied the last sanctions, he admitted that he held back on taking more strict measures - — an attempt to send the message to Putin that he still held hope that the U.S. and Russia could come to an understanding. In fact, he brought up the idea of holding a third-country summit in an April 13 call in which he notified Putin that a second round of sanctions was coming.
During his campaign for the White House, Biden called Russia the biggest threat to the U.S.A. He also condemned Donald Trump, his predecessor as a president for his comfortable relationships with Putin because Trump avoided direct confrontation with Russia.
Weeks into his presidency, Biden said that he wanted to warn Russia that the U.S.A. wouldn't roll over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions anymore.
In March Biden had an interview, where he agreed with the question that Putin is a killer. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Biden's comment shows that h did not want to improve relations with Russia" and that their relations were bad.