Biden and Putin agreed to meet: named time and place
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden will meet in Geneva on June 16, reports Air force.
“In accordance with the agreement reached, Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with President of the United States of America Joseph Biden in Geneva on June 16,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
The parties will discuss issues of strategic stability, the fight against the pandemic, the international agenda and regional conflicts.
"The details have yet to be agreed upon," said Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, answering the question of how long the talks are scheduled for, whether journalists will be present at the meeting and whether there will be a press conference following the results.
“The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues as we strive to restore predictability and stability in the US-Russia relationship,” the White House said in a statement.
Exchange of "pleasantries"
Biden suggested to Putin meet on the territory of a third country in the middle of April. The Kremlin then did not specify whether Moscow would accept the offer of a personal meeting.
Earlier in March of this year, Biden answered in the affirmative to a journalist's question about does he think Putin is a murderer... The president added that Putin will "pay the price" for Russia's attempts to interfere in the American elections.
In response, the Kremlin recalled its ambassador to the United States for the first time in more than 20 years. Then the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended the US Ambassador John Sullivan go to Washington “For consultation”. Sullivan is still there.
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Putin, in response to Biden's words, said that "whoever calls his name is called that." At the same time, he said that he was ready to talk with the President of the United States.
“I would not put it on the back burner ... We are ready at any time convenient for the American side,” he said. He also proposed to conduct live televised debates.
In April, US President Joe Biden imposed new sanctions on Russia, claiming it was a response to cyberattacks and attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. After that, Washington and Moscow announced the expulsion of diplomats.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- April 23 Vladimir Putin signed a decree, according to which the embassies of states "committing unfriendly actions" against Russia will be limited in the right to hire Russian citizens.
- The decree was issued against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between the Russian Federation and the United States, a number of European countries, as well as the diplomatic conflict with the Czech Republic, whose authorities suspected Russia of involvement in the explosions of ammunition depots in 2014, and announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. In response, Moscow also expelled employees of the Czech embassy.
- In April, the President of the United States Joe Biden imposed new sanctions against Russia and stated that it is a response to cyberattacks and attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
- Thereafter Washington and Moscow exchanged expelled diplomats.
- Among other things, the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that US Ambassador John Sullivan leave for Washington "for consultations." Sullivan initially refused to leave Russia, but on April 22 it became known that he flew to the USA.
- Earlier RF closed the US Consulate in Vladivostok, and the diplomatic mission in Yekaterinburg stopped serving US citizens and stopped issuing visas. This means that except at the Moscow Embassy, Russian citizens have nowhere else to obtain a visa to enter the United States, and United States citizens have nowhere else to turn for help.
- Already on April 30, it became known that USA stopped issuing visas in Moscow, after which the Russians have nowhere else to get them. And on May 14, the US Embassy temporarily resumed issuing visas.
- ForumDaily also wrote about how Russians get an American visa in another country.
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