US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva on Wednesday for talks aimed at halting the rapid deterioration in relations between the two countries plagued by mutual mistrust.
In their first face-to-face meeting as leaders, chiefs will face accusations, complaints and charges against each other, including Russian cyber attacks interference in elections, US sanctions Against Moscow and the Kremlin’s fears of NATO’s military expansion in Eastern Europe.
Biden described Putin as a “worthy opponent” before his meeting and said he would explain to the Russian leader “what the red lines are.”
He said Russia was seeking to drive a wedge into transatlantic solidarity and that the United States was seeing an increase in malicious cyber activity.
“I will make it clear to President Putin that there are areas where we can cooperate, if he chooses to,” Biden said on Monday. “And if he chooses not to cooperate and act the way he has in the past, with regard to cybersecurity and some other activities, we will respond. We will reciprocate.”
The Kremlin said on Tuesday that the summit was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Geneva time and could last for five hours, including breaks and talks between the two delegations. The presidents will meet in two versions: one as a small group that includes the US Secretary of State and the Russian Foreign Minister, and the other in a larger framework.
Biden traveled to Geneva after a week in Europe Meet G7and allies of the European Union and NATO. The response to the threats posed by Russia was constantly raised in conversations with Western leaders. The US president said that world leaders thanked him for holding the summit, which was expressed by some analysts they criticized Like giving Putin a diplomatic victory.
Moscow has sought to play down expectations of any major breakthrough in the talks. Analysts on both sides noted that once the meeting took place, the meeting could mark at least the post-Cold War lows in bilateral relations.
Putin’s adviser on foreign affairs, Yuri Ushakov, described relations between Moscow and Washington as “terrible.” “I think both sides understand that it is time to start addressing this backlog,” he told Russian news agencies.
Both the White House and the Kremlin have said they will focus on arms control, cybersecurity and climate change. The United States wants to discuss human rights, cooperation on Iran and Afghanistan, and Washington’s support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, where Russia mobilized 100,000 troops earlier this year.
Kremlin officials said the talks would also see a Possible exchange of citizens held in each other’s prisons.
The ambassadors sent to both countries left their posts earlier this year after a series of events prompted Biden to agree with the interlocutor that Putin was a “murderer.” The two ambassadors are expected to return to their seats in Moscow and Washington following the summit, according to three people familiar with the plans.
While he agreed to Russia’s requests for diplomatic choreography after the meeting – which could signal a thaw in relations – Biden will hold a one-on-one press conference rather than appearing jointly with Putin.
In 2018, Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Putin in which the US president appeared to stand by his Russian counterpart on his intelligence community.