Joe Biden called “clumsy leader” by host
The summit will be held at the end of the US President’s visit to Europe and after his meeting with US allies in NATO and the European Union. According to a source familiar with the matter, no significant agreement is expected from the Geneva summit.
“The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues as we seek to restore predictability and stability in US-Russian relations,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement announcing the summit. .
The Kremlin, in its own statement announcing the meeting, said the presidents will discuss “the current state and prospects of Russian-American relations, issues of strategic stability and acute issues on the international agenda, including understood the interaction to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. and regional conflict resolution. “
Russian President Vladimir Putin
In a meeting with Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week, the two sides outlined the various points of conflict.
But they both agreed that there are potential topics for cooperation, including how to tackle climate change.
Last month, Biden offered to hold the summit on neutral ground amid mounting tensions between Moscow and Washington over growing fears on the border with Ukraine.
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US President Joe Biden
But in his appeal with Mr. Putin, the US president reaffirmed Washington’s support for the pro-Western government in Kiev.
He urged Russia to “defuse the tensions”, but also offered to hold his first face-to-face meeting with Mr. Putin on “the whole range of problems facing the United States and Russia”.
Mr. Biden has been a vocal critic of Mr. Putin and in February he was asked if he thought the Russian president was a killer to which he replied, “Yes. “
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“And this is no coincidence, not just a saying or a children’s joke.
“The psychological significance here is very deep.
“We always see our own traits in other people and think they are the way we really are.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Mr. Biden had previously been criticized by Republicans with accusations of “weakness” towards Russia.
The comments come as the FBI linked the ransomware attack on the colonial pipeline to Russian military intelligence unit DarkSide.
Speaking on Fox News Primetime, Senator Tom Cotton said the president’s stance on Russia has serious consequences for Americans.
Donald Trump et Vladimir Poutine
“It shows that Joe Biden’s weak policy towards Russia is having an impact on the American people.”
Last month, the Biden administration announced it was expelling 10 Russian diplomats and sanctioning dozens of Russian businesses and individuals in response to SolarWinds’ allegations of hacking and election interference.