Biden, Putin to meet in Geneva on June 16 amid disputes

Biden, Putin to meet in Geneva on June 16 amid disputes


Washington: US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva on June 16. The White House and the Kremlin said on Tuesday that there are fierce disputes over election interference, cyber attacks, human rights and Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that both countries have lowered their expectations for a major breakthrough at the summit of superpowers, but neither country wants to make concessions to their differences.

“The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

The Kremlin said in a statement that the two leaders would discuss bilateral ties, problems related to strategic nuclear stability, and other issues including cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and regional conflicts.

Biden has previously said he wants Putin to stop trying to influence U.S. elections, stop cyberattacks on U.S. networks emanating from Russia, stop threatening Ukraine’s sovereignty and release jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

The White House has avoided describing Biden as seeking a “reset” in relations with Putin, a term often used by former U.S. presidents as they seek to improve relations with Russia.

On the contrary, American officials see face-to-face meetings as an opportunity to free the relationship from what they believe former President Donald Trump (Donald Trump) proposed to please Putin.

Russian officials told Reuters that they see the summit as an opportunity for Biden. Earlier, sources close to the Russian government said that the US government took office on January 20.

Putin believes that the pressure exerted by the United States on Navani and its support for democracy activists in Russia and Belarus is tantamount to interfering in Russia’s internal affairs.

Moscow is also dissatisfied with the series of sanctions imposed by the United States against Russian entities and individuals and the further sanctions imposed by Biden.

Belarus is the former Soviet republic and maintains close political, economic and cultural ties with Russia, and belongs to the military alliance led by Russia.

One possible topic is the indignation of the West towards Belarus. Belarus disrupted a combatant and reported a bomb warning that proved to be a false bomb warning, forcing a Ryanair plane to land in Minsk on Sunday. The authorities arrested one. Dissident journalist from Belarus.

Russia denied reports that four Russian nationals disembarked in Minsk, which aroused suspicion in Russia.

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