“President Biden will meet with President Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2021. Leaders will discuss the range of pressing issues as we seek to restore predictability and stability in US-Russian relations,” said the White House in a statement.
The long-awaited reunion will come at the end of Biden’s first international trip since taking office.
The White House dispatched National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to Geneva this week to meet with his Russian counterpart, officials said, as details are being worked out for the meeting between Biden and Putin.
A White House spokesperson declined to comment on the host city’s final location until all details were nailed down.
It would be Biden’s first meeting with Putin since taking office. But Biden has met Putin before during his tenure as vice president, including a 2011 meeting in which Biden said he looked into Putin’s eyes and said, “I don’t think you have a soul. “.
Biden initially proposed a summit with the Russian president last month in a phone call, and the two sides have been working to finalize details since. Despite the deterioration of relations between the two countries on issues such as Ukraine and election interference, Biden hopes to establish a clear channel of communication that would avoid unnecessary surprises.
Putin appeared receptive to the offer, even after the United States imposed tough new sanctions and other sanctions on Russia for, among other things, its role in a massive cyber attack on government agencies.
The relationship between world leaders got off to a tumultuous start, with the United States adjusting its position with Russia by finalizing sanctions following the poisoning and imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, hacking of SolarWinds and its alleged bounty placement on US troops serving in Afghanistan.
In an interview in March, Biden called Putin a killer, saying the Russian leader will “pay a price” for his efforts to undermine the 2020 US election.
In response, the Kremlin recalled its ambassador to the United States for the first time in more than 20 years. Putin responded to Biden’s criticisms with an arid wish for “good health” and a proposal for a live televised debate.
The specific agenda and format for the meeting in Switzerland is still ongoing, officials said, and comes as Biden makes his debut as president on the international stage.
He is expected to leave in early June on his first overseas trip, seeking reassurance to world leaders at the Group of 7 summit in southwest England and NATO and EU summits in Brussels for its commitment to traditional American alliances. He will travel to Switzerland after these meetings in the UK and in Brussels.
Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the first high-level meeting between the United States and Russia since Biden took office.
This story has been updated with background information and additional reports.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Kylie Atwood, Nicole Gaouette and Chandelis Duster contributed to this report.