May 26 2021 U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold their first face-to-face meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16 to discuss the current situation and development prospects of Russian-American relations, strategic stability and other issues. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev welcomed the meeting, saying that russia-U.S. relations are also key to world security and stability. Russian experts say arms control and strategic stability issues may be the only practical outcome of the talks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his State of the Union address in Moscow on April 21, local time.
Putin and Biden met for the first time
The time and place have been finalized
“According to the agreement reached between the two sides, Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with U.S. President Joseph Biden in Geneva on June 16,” the statement said.
“It is planned to discuss the current situation and development prospects of Russian-American relations, strategic stability issues, as well as international hot issues such as cooperation in the fight against the epidemic and mediation of regional conflicts,” the statement said. ”
White House press secretary John Pusaki also said on the 25th, the White House confirmed that U.S. President Joe Biden will be in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16 with Russian leader Vladimir Putin held talks.
Biden first offered to meet putin face-to-face in a phone call in April, and the two sides have been working to hammer out the details ever since. Despite deteriorating U.S.-Russian relations over the situation in Ukraine and interference in the election, Biden wants to establish a clear channel of communication to avoid unnecessary surprises.
In 2018, Putin met with then-U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland. Officials said the meeting with Biden would be a far cry from the July 2018 summit. At the time, Mr. Trump sided with Mr. Putin, publicly dismissing claims by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.
Russia-U.S. relations are the key to world stability
A breakthrough on sanctions is difficult
The key to the Russia-US summit is the stability of US-Russian relations. “As we seek to restore predictable and sexual stability in U.S.-Russian relations, the leaders of the two countries will discuss pressing issues,” Psaki said in a statement Friday. ”
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev welcomed the Russian-American president’s agreement to meet in Geneva, noting that Russian-American relations are the key to world peace and stability.
“It’s good that the two sides agreed to meet,” Gorbachev said. How the world changes, Russia-US relations are also the key to world security and stability. ”
Sergey Rogov, director of the Institute of American and Canadian Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, also said in an interview with Russia’s tass news agency that arms control and strategic stability could be the only practical outcome of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden in Geneva.
“There are different groups and genres in the Biden administration, and there are opposition to consensus, but as for arms control, unlike the Trump administration, Biden himself and his team support consensus,” Rogoff said. But it is only speculation as to what the exact proposal will be. ”
However, he said other issues might not be resolved at the Russia-US summit, and did not need to expect the US to reduce economic pressure on Moscow and lift sanctions.