Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will hold a summit meeting on June 16 in Geneva, in an effort to mend strained relations between the countries.
At their first meeting as leaders, the U.S. and Russian leaders “discussed the state and prospects for further development of Russian-American relations, and issues of strategic stability”, according to a statement the Kremlin.
The White House said Biden and Putin would “discuss the whole range of urgent issues, as we seek to restore the predictability and stability of U.S.-Russia relations”.
The meeting took place amid the deterioration of relations between the two men between Moscow and Washington. penalties, tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsion and U.S. allegations of Russian intervention to choose.
Russia’s ambassador to Washington was recalled in March in response to Biden telling an interviewer that he agreed with the investigation that Putin was a “murderer”. A month later the U.S. ambassador to Moscow also returned home for talks.
Biden proposed a summit in a third country during a phone call with Putin in April, in what the U.S. president said was an effort to “normalize” relations between the countries.
Two days later he imposed a new series of sanctions against Moscow, citing alleged Russian actions including an operation to influence the U.S. election, a cyber hacking campaign and assault on opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The Biden administration says they intend not to reset the relationship or increase tension, instead putting “guardrails” here.
While some Washington analysts say a high -profile meeting between the leaders effectively handed Putin a public relations coup, U.S. officials made it clear that the Biden administration was seeking advantageous ways to develop areas for cooperation, including nuclear, climate issues, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and North Korea.
The Kremlin reported that the leaders would also discuss “issues that are the subject of the international agenda, including the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the resolution of regional disputes.”
Russia denies allegations of participation in attempts to interfere in the U.S. election as well SolarWinds cyber attack.
The announcement of the summit comes a day after a meeting in Geneva between Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council. The White House said the talks “were conducted in a constructive manner and, despite striking variations, allowed for a better understanding of each other’s position.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken met in Reykjavik last week for address considered paving the way for the presidential summit.
The Geneva meeting will be part of Biden’s first international trip as president, and will follow a visit to the UK for a G7 summit and Nato meeting in Brussels.